By Andrea Towers
Updated March 20, 2014 at 01:49 PM EDT

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.

Not that tough — Emil solved the puzzle within seconds, mostly by some insane guess work, appropriately freaking both himself and Sajak out. (I don’t blame Pat for jokingly patting Emil down afterwards and making sure he hadn’t cheated.) If that wasn’t enough, his win netted him a $45,000 prize.

Call it a fluke, call it skill…but whatever you call it, Emil is one lucky guy.

Check out the video featuring Emil’s amazing win below:

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