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Westchester Man Wins Big On 'Wheel Of Fortune'

Robert Santoli won more than $75,000 on "Wheel Of Fortune."
Robert Santoli won more than $75,000 on "Wheel Of Fortune." Photo Credit: Carol Kaeson

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Robert Santoli, a Yorktown resident, now has to decide what to do with two cruises and $76,076, after winning big on "Wheel Of Fortune."

Santoli appeared on Friday's episode where he played the game of his life, solving seven out of eight puzzles and then solving.

It was obvious Santoli had something special going on when he answered the first toss up puzzle (Port & Starbird) after only needing one letter.

"If you're going to take that long to buzz in," host Pat Sajak quipped.

Santoli said he had memorized a list of phrases and puzzles beforehand and that was one that he had memorized. 

On the second toss up puzzle, Santoli needed three letters to guess the song lyric, Oh, What A Night.

"Robert, what took you so long?" Sajak deadpanned.

The third puzzle saw Santoli win a cruise when he easily guessed the phrase, Don't Let The Cat Out Of The Bag. Santoli turned to one of his competitors and apologized for his Wheel dominance.

"You can tell he's a very nice young man," Sajak said.

While Santoli missed the fourth puzzle, he won another cruise by correctly guessing Exhilarating Water Slide. He won another puzzle with the phrase Easy Breezy.

On the 7th puzzle, Santoli went bankrupt but came back strong and correctly guessed Living In The Moment.

"How have you been?" Sajak said. "I haven't seen you in a while."

The last puzzle saw Santoli correctly guess Three Wishes which prompted another Sajack quip.

"You're just lucky your fellow players don't have one of them," Sajak said.

On the final puzzle, Santoli said he was worried he was going to faint. After being given RTSLNE, he guessed YGHO. He guessed Goofy Pictures almost instantly and won an additional $45,000, bringing his total to $76,076.

"I went crazy," Santoli said. "My family and friends rushed up on stage."

Santoli said he intends to spend the money paying off student loans and hopes to buy his own car. He said he plans on taking his mother with him on one of the cruises.

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