Wheel of Fortune fans will be amazed as the surprise grandmother-grandson team solves the puzzle “insanely fast” and wins a huge prize

WHEEL of Fortune fans got a big shock when two contestants steal the win.

On Tuesday’s episode of “Wheel of Fortune,” show competitors Retta and Julian clinched the championship and a grand prize in the episode themed “Grand Getaway.”

Wheel of Fortune participants recently shocked fans


Wheel of Fortune participants recently shocked fansPhoto credit: NBC

Retta and Julian had a great run on the Wheel of Fortune, winning $16,950 towards the end of the episode.

The couple advanced to the final round to claim the awesome $40,000 reward.

Before legendary presenter Pat Sajak, 76, had the team spin to get the letters for their final puzzle, or possibly the automatic $100,000, he asked them what category they wanted.

Retta chose Place.


Immediately after Retta’s decision, Pat Julian let the wheel spin, which he did with all his might.

The card where the wheel chock stopped had the standard letters that Pat usually provides for contestants to use in the bonus puzzle.

These letters were: R, S, T, L, N and E.

Since participants are allowed to choose three consonants and one vowel, Retta chose the consonants D, C, and H and her grandson chose the vowel A.

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Even after Pat’s co-host Vanna White, 66, put all the letters on the puzzle board, it was still not clear what was on the puzzle.

Though it seemed tricky, the team solved the word “fancy boutique” in less than five seconds despite having ten.

They won $40,000 for the last round plus the $16,950 they already had for a total of $56,950.


Fans flocked to Twitter to discuss Retta and Julian’s big win and comment on their quick fix skills.

“You did a great job! I can’t believe how quickly she solved the bonus puzzle,” praised one fan.

Another added: “Incredible solution. WOW.”

Other fans congratulated them and called them a “great team”.


Retta and Julian weren’t the only ones who are quick on their feet on the show.

During the fan-favorite episode of “Wheel of Fortune” in early May, recurring contestant Emil got a taste of Pat’s snippy side after doing something rare in the bonus round.

Towards the end of the game, Emil bested his favorite rivals John and Melinda to score $20,500, advancing to the final round.

Pat informed Emil that he would place a $1 million cash prize card on the game’s iconic wheel.

He asked Emil to choose his last puzzle category – Emil chose Phrase.

Pat then led the player to the wheel so he could spin it.

Had the wheel stopped on a $1 million wedge, Emil would have skipped the final round and automatically won the prize.

However, the wheel skipped the $1 million wedge, instead stopping at the wedge containing the letters provided by the show to start the final puzzle.

The letters given were the standard letters: R, S, T, L, N and E.

In true Wheel of Fortune fashion, Emil had to choose three consonants and one vowel.

He chose the consonants B, H, D and the vowel I.

After Pat’s co-host Vanna wrote all the letters on the board, Emil had no doubts as to which answer was the correct one.

Just before Emil set out to solve it, Pat had mentioned that the puzzle “looked difficult” to his eyes.

It took him less than three seconds to solve the sentence that read, “Solve the problems,” although Pat gave him ten seconds to do it.

As the audience loudly cheered for Emil, Pat shook his head in disbelief.

He raised his hand to calm the audience, who applauded Emil’s performance thunderously.

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Pat then shared how he felt about Emil’s moment, admitting that the contestant “was starting to get on his nerves” due to his noticeable winning streak.

In the end, Emil took home $60,500 and a new car.

In Tuesday's episode of the game show, competitors Retta and Julian quickly solve their bonus round puzzle


In Tuesday’s episode of the game show, competitors Retta and Julian quickly solve their bonus round puzzlePhoto credit: NBC
Although the team had ten seconds to solve it, they did it in less than five seconds


Although the team had ten seconds to solve it, they did it in less than five secondsPhoto credit: NBC
Many fans were impressed by Retta and Julian's ability to solve problems quickly


Many fans were impressed by Retta and Julian’s ability to solve problems quicklyPhoto credit: Getty


CELINE CASTRONUOVO is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. CELINE CASTRONUOVO joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: celine@dailynationtoday.com.

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