Nura Fountano was the frontrunner on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ when she began calling out unusual letters during one puzzle.
She appeared on the popular game show during ‘Veterans’ Week’ and was close to winning it all. But then she called out the letter “X” and then “Z” during a nearly completed puzzle that read “Following Footsteps.”
Host Pat Sajak was confused, asking, “Say that again for me? Did you say ‘Z’?”
Even people watching the show at home were confused.
Z? Then no letter? Then Q?
Is Nura drunk?#wheeloffortune
— Mike H. (@hardware2k) November 11, 2015
— Lisa (@lisamayy) November 11, 2015
Nura insisted, and though the puzzle was nearly completed, she remained silent on solving until the buzzer rang. The cash was then awarded to another contestant and fellow military veteran Steve, who had won little money so far.
At the end, Pat asked Nura about her strange choices. But others caught onto what she was doing: she was trying to help her fellow vet out with some more money. Instead of $1,600, Steve took home $6,400.
— Jason DeRusha (@DeRushaJ) November 13, 2015
Nura went on the win the show, but more importantly, she demonstrated a core value of the military at its best — she put “service over self,” and showed how when we think of others, we all help ourselves.