"Wheel of Fortune" winner Emil de Leon shocked viewers--and himself!--when he beat the odds to solve a puzzle with just two letters on the board during Wednesday's episode of the syndicated game show. So just how did the contestant come up with "New Baby Buggy" to win a $45,000 prize?
"It's all in the first letters: R-S-T-L-N-E," he explained. "They showed up, the N and the E. It's pretty obvious the first word was new. Then worked on baby. It just sounds right, right? 'New baby?' The hard part [was 'buggy']. I worked with that B again." Must be easier than it sounds!
According to de Leon, he's been avidly watching the show for "as long as I can remember, [since I was] maybe 3-4 years old," he revealed during Friday's edition of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." "The first letter that I learned how to say were R-S-T-L-N-E. Those are the prominent letters in 'Wheel of Fortune.'"
When he plays along at home, he picks the right answer "99 percent of the time," he said. "Watching with my family and friends, you can't do it. Because after five seconds it's, 'Emil got it again!'"
Combining his earlier winnings and the bonus round earnings, de Leon's prize money totaled $63,099!
Host Ellen DeGeneres and guest host Jason Bateman then invited de Leon to play another round. He was given R-S-T-L-N-E to solve a two-word, 10-letter puzzle, with only N, R and S on the board. The category was Game, and de Lone selected four more letters: H, D, M and O. DeGeneres and Bateman struggled to come up with an answer, but de Leon wasted no time writing down his solution.
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To find out the answer--and to watch a few more rounds--watch the video above!