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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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123 COMMENTS

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46.

Vegas2013    

That's amazing. Especially since no one calls them buggies. Good for him!

181 days ago
47.

The Zombie    

I was trying to figure it out, but the page address gave it away. Damn, I know I would have gotten it! Ok, that's a lie.

181 days ago
48.

Erica    

I thought it was going to be "New baby smell"

181 days ago
49.

kitnplayn    

Bullchit if you believe this wasn't rigged.

181 days ago
50.

Steve    

Rigged totally. Just like sometimes on Jeopardy the contestants come up with some obscure answer that nobody would ever know and it's wrong but it's the answer to the next question in the category which means they were prepped pre show taping. Total sham like the movie Quiz show. Complete B.S.

181 days ago
51.

liz    

Happy for him.

181 days ago
52.

Lulu    

I've just got to say...I've never heard of the phrase "new baby buggy". Kind of odd.

181 days ago
53.

@drayram    

i agree with Harvey on this one 100% .... for once

181 days ago
54.

Black Adam    

Even the guy who works the the letters appearing was shocked. It took him some time to catch his breath before he showed the puzzle.

181 days ago
55.

Richtofenspistol    

NEW YORK SUCKS?

181 days ago
56.

Bob    

I don't get the point of Vanna, at least back in the day she had to turn letters, now she isn't even touching them.

180 days ago
57.

think101    

Thats not the first time that happen. What would they get out of cheating anyway?

180 days ago
58.

starquest99    

What's a "new baby buggy"?

180 days ago
59.

pltaquino    

I am not surprised at all.He was very good from the start SMART GUY!MABUHAY!

180 days ago
60.

Goldie24    

Good for him! :-)

180 days ago
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