Guess on ‘ Wheel of Fortune’ was fortunate for contestant – Columbus Dispatch

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By Colleen Wright
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A nursing student from Daly City, Calif., might go down in Wheel of Fortune history as having the mother of all bonus-round wins. In the episode of the game show that aired on Wednesday and went viral yesterday, Emil de Leon took home $ 45,000 for solving the final puzzle — for a total win of $ 63,099.

That he ended up a victor with only two letters — “N” and “E” — revealed on the puzzle impressed longtime host Pat Sajak and viewers.

De Leon got little help from the category, “Thing”; the given letters, R, S, T, L, N and E; and his selected letters, H, M, D and O.

“Uh, .?.?. this looks tough to me!” Sajak said to him. “You’re a good puzzle solver, but I don’t know.”

De Leon did know, immediately blurting out the answer — “New baby buggy” — but not learning he was correct until seconds later (a delay unexplained by Sony Pictures Television).

Sajak described it on Twitter as the “most amazing solve in my 30+ years on the show.”

The episode was taped in January, but de Leon was thrilled to relive the excitement.

“Words can’t explain how I feel right now,” he tweeted on Wednesday night.

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— Compiled by Colleen Wright cpauley@dispatch.com

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