Roger Craig, a 30-year-old film buff and graduate student at the University of Delaware, won $77,000 on Tuesday night’s episode of Jeopardy!, single-handedly besting the one-day record set by software engineer Ken Jennings, who went on to win $3,022,700 in a streak that stretched 74 games.
But even Jennings only pocketed $75,000 in one day.
Heading into Final Jeopardy!, Craig had $47,000 and wagered $30,000 of it in the category “Literary & Movie Title Objects.” The Ph.D candidate elbowed his way into television history when he correctly answered: “What is The Bridge on the River Kwai?”
“Breaking Ken Jennings record is simply amazing,” Craig said of his record-shattering win. “I knew that I had a chance to set the new record going into Final Jeopardy! so I thought what the heck… I’ll go for it.”
Craig — who made his Jeopardy! debut on Monday’s season premiere — now boasts a two-day total of $114,000. Let’s see if Roger’s new found fame translates into the snazzy prizes and endorsement deals that marked Jennings’ tenure as the world’s reigning Jeopardy! champion.
Jeopardy! — now in its 27th season — will reach its 6,000th episode this year.