Daly City man talks about epic win on 'Wheel of Fortune'


"The first letters that I learned were R-S-T-L-N-E," said Emil DeLeon.

As Wheel of Fortune watchers know those letters are given to contestants at the start of most puzzles. That's what DeLeon got in his bonus round puzzle.

"They put up R-S-T-L-N-E and they only picked up the N and the E," he said. "And of course, everyone knew that that word is new."

He then called H-D-M and O, positive they would come up.

"Once I saw that nothing else was showing up, they didn't put up any more letters, so I had to work," he said.

He was still stuck on just two letter clues. Host Pat Sajak didn't have much hope.

"This looks tough to me," Sajak said. "It's a thing. You're a very good problem solver but I don't know. You have 10 seconds. Keep talking, maybe the right thing will pop out. Good luck."

DeLeon didn't panic. This is what went through his mind in a split second.

"New," he said. "It kind of went with baby. New Baby. That's what I was going to go for. I just worked off that."

DeLeon nailed it on his first try. The answer was "New baby buggy."

So how did he do it? It helped that he is a nursing student that had just taken a pediatrics class.

"I tried to think what does a baby have?" DeLeon said. "What's in a baby's room? What does a baby have? And eventually I worked off that B, like I said, and came up with buggy. So, new baby buggy."

The amazing win has made him an instant Internet sensation.

DeLeon won $45,000 for his guess.

You can watch "Wheel of Fortune" every weeknight at 7:30 right here on ABC7.

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