Brad Rutter has a lot to be happy about. The “Jeopardy!” Battle of the Decades Tournament contestant ended up defeating Ken Jennings and Roger Craig to take home a $1 million grand prize in an episode that aired on May 16.
When he entered the competition, Los Angeles-based actor and producer Rutter was the top money winner in “Jeopardy!” history with $3,355,102 in career winnings. With this added $1 million, his new total is $4,355,102.
“It’s really hard to describe how proud I am, not just that I won, but to be associated with a first-class operation like ‘Jeopardy!,'” Rutter says in a press release. “I knew that Ken and Roger were both fantastic players and that it would come down to the end. We would battle it out and see what was left when the smoke cleared.”
Jennings and Rutter have been “Jeopardy!” rivals for almost a decade. Both Jennings and Craig didn’t go home empty handed, either. Jennings claimed $100,000 in second place, while Craig earned $50,000 in third place.
So what is Rutter going to do with the money? It won’t go towards a new Porshe.
“Alex [Trebek] expressly forbade me from buying one at the wrap party, and I know which side my bread is buttered on,” Rutter jokes. “I still need a new car, though, and I’ll definitely do some traveling. I haven’t been to Paris in years and spending a week or so sitting at cafes watching the world go by sounds fantastic right now.”