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Wheel of Fortune Contestant Wins Big With Lucky Guess, Pat Sajak Stunned

What are the chances?! A Wheel of Fortune contestant, named Emil, made a lucky guess on what appeared to be an impossible puzzle on Wednesday, March 19.

During a bonus round win, Emil was given the category of “thing,” and selected “H, M, D, and O” to add to the standard R, S, T, L, N and E. Only the letters N and E, however, were revealed by hostess Vanna White as the first two letters of the three word, 12-letter phrase.

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“This looks tough to me,” host Pat Sajak commented. “You’re a very good puzzle solver, but I don’t know. You have 10 seconds. Keep talking. Maybe the right thing will pop out. Good luck.”

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A Wheel of Fortune contestant won big with a lucky guess during a bonus round on March 19.

What popped out — on the first guess — was the correct answer.

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Emil screamed and jumped for joy after finding out he won $45,000 from the bonus round, while Sajak jokingly patted him down to see if he was cheating. “Wow,” the host said. “I’m rather stunned!”

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A Wheel of Fortune contestant’s lucky guess surprised host Pat Sajak on March 19.

After the show, Sajak, 67, tweeted on Thursday, March 20: “What made last night’s solve amazing was the generic category. Could have been ‘new anything.’ But ‘baby buggy?!’ Wow!”

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Watch Emil’s amazing guess on Wheel of Fortune in the video clip above.

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