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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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1.

Canadasux    

Good for him!

188 days ago
2.

Truth    

DONT FORGET TO PAY THE TAX MAN DOUCHE... OOPS, NOW HE HAS $9.99 LEFT. PUT THAT CABO TRIP ON HOLD. #TRUTH!!

188 days ago
3.

lisa c    

Not buying for a second!

188 days ago
4.

ShanesGirl    

He really did pull that one outta his ass cuz I wouldn't have guessed that one in a million years!

188 days ago
5.

cj    

I was guessing New York and trying to fit a sports team in there. lol

188 days ago
6.

aaron1one1    

wait, so i heard now he's gonna buy 350 bieber mugs from www.mugshotmugz.com

188 days ago
7.

Jackie    

Pulled it out of ass??...Is this a new language?

188 days ago
8.

Xarexx    

Made on china

188 days ago
9.

Me    

That's awesome. Good for him!

188 days ago
10.

sfrandiver    

Good for him. I thinking New York ------ too. San Francisco and him being a Nurse was easier to guess.

188 days ago
11.

iRonnie    

Bullshi t

188 days ago
12.

user name    

I knew it was about babies but I didn't count the boxes so I guess new born baby! Funny thing is, is that I was so sure I was right!

188 days ago
13.

Nfsgirl    

Good for him.

188 days ago
14.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

New baby buggy didn't cross my mind, but I did come up with new baby shoes. Good for him.

188 days ago
15.

Someonezmom    

I'll take the ceramic Dalmatians for $22,000 Pat ...oh the good ole days

188 days ago
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