It was the show's first sweep since 2011, and DeSanto is the first to have topped $70,000 before heading into the bonus round.
That's where his lucky streak came to an end.
DeSanto was unable to get the final bonus round clue ("wooden gavel"), which limited his ultimate winnings. For those who get lucky and win that final bonus round, a $1 million prize is then up for grabs. (A math teacher from Maryland last took that home in September.)
"I was pretty exhausted [by the bonus round]," recalled DeSanto, who guessed "gavel" but couldn't get the first word. "I should have picked better letters."
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Still, we think clearing the decks straight through the game and setting another kind of record is pretty special, too. And it turns out, so did the show, who posted about the win on Facebook.
And one of his co-contestants, who generously tweeted her congratulations later on:
Talk about a head-turning—and letter-turning—success!