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'Wheel of Fortune' Player

Mind-Blowing Guess

WASN'T RIGGED

3/20/2014 8:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The guy who correctly guessed the remaining letters in "Ne_ ____ _____" on "Wheel of Fortune" last night -- ON HIS FIRST TRY -- tells TMZ, the game was not rigged ... he really did pull the right answer out of his ass.

Emil De Leon -- who won $45,000 for the insane guess -- is a nursing student at the NCP College of Nursing in San Fran ... and while the show was being filmed in January, he was studying pediatrics.

Emil says he had babies on his mind during the show and got completely lucky -- once you watch the clip, you'll understand why this makes sense. Emil also says he's watched "Wheel of Fortune" forever and he's pretty much a pro at solving word puzzles.

Emil adds, Pat Sajak and Vanna White even pulled him aside afterward and told him he was one of the best players ever.

As for what Emil plans to do with his money -- he says he'll be putting most of it towards his nursing degree ... but plans to splurge a little on a trip to Cabo very soon.

See if you can guess Emil's answer before watching the clip.

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124 COMMENTS

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31.

B4-I-FU-RU-18?    

Net baby cribs?

132 days ago
32.

Gretel    

Yay future nurse!!

132 days ago
33.

BeiberVegasHoHo    

Not smarts enuf 2 b a doctor?

132 days ago
34.

Jennifer    

He's a Slumdog Millionaire.

132 days ago
35.

GlitterMonkey83    

Love how people go on these shows get excited that they won money, cars and trips until they have to pay the tax man and end up walking away with either nothing, next to nothing or in the hole.

132 days ago
36.

Umanyways    

Even of it was rigged it would take longer than a day to investigate. Now people are talking about wheel of fortune again so the publicity worked.

132 days ago
37.

PokeFangirl    

It's rare but I've seen it happen plenty of times before on way more difficult puzzles so it's not that surprising.

132 days ago
38.

ets    

First, it's not fake. He's my classmate at NCP, and more than likely he is our valedictorian. He is one of the smartest people I know. And puzzles are his thing.

132 days ago
39.

kathryn    

Hahaha good for him. Why did he get padded down though? Hahaha love Hollywood.

132 days ago
40.

Davis    

A nurse? pffft

132 days ago
41.

rick    

if he was cheating he would have ask for a 'B' 'A' 'G' or at leased wait until ha had 5, 4, 3, seconds left

132 days ago
42.

truetrue    

wow!

132 days ago
43.

Zack    

Clearly rigged. The timing was even proof. Real ****ty WOF.

132 days ago
44.

bob    

solved lots of puzzles with no letters showing

132 days ago
45.

George    

I couldn't get my mind off the New York thing. I was guessing New York Pizza.

132 days ago
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