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Lucky guess on 'Wheel of Fortune' is worth $45,000 -- VIDEO

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In its many years of syndication, Wheel of Fortune has seen its fair share of amazing puzzle solving. But on last night’s broadcast, a contestant named Emil put most other players to shame.

Emil’s bonus round featured a three word phrase, but when none of his proposed letters showed up on the board, he was left with pretty much nothing to go on. “You’re a very good puzzle solver, but this looks tough to me,” noted host Pat Sajak.

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And this is how you win a million dollars on 'Wheel of Fortune' -- VIDEO

It’s not easy to snag Wheel of Fortune‘s top prize. In order to even be eligible for a $1 million payday, contestants must be lucky enough to spin the big wheel and land on the million dollar prize slot — a 1-in-72 chance. They must then solve the main puzzle and win entry to the show’s bonus round — in which they spin yet another wheel, which gives them another 1-in-24 chance of landing on the big money — without ever hitting the dreaded “bankrupt” wedge.

But luck and skill collided last night for Autumn Erhard, an animal pharmaceuticals sales rep who had already racked up $30,00 in cash and prizes (trips to exotic Belize and… Arizona!) before she made it to the bonus round. Though she knew only four letters of the final two-word, 12-letter puzzle, Erhard guessed its solution instantly… only to discover that she’d just become the second person in Wheel history to win $1 million. (The first was Michelle Lowenstein in 2008, the same year the million dollar prize was first introduced.)

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