Roger Craig is in pretty elite company. The 33-year-old graduate student at the University of Delaware amassed a seven-day total of $231,200 in cash winnings on “Jeopardy!,” the popular trivia game show.
Craig is now the third highest winning contestant on the show (excluding tournaments), behind all-time “Jeopardy!” champ Ken Jennings ($2,520,700) and David Madden ($430,400). Craig also earned the highest one-day total during his second game, where he earned $75,000 and beat a record held by Jennings for more than six years.
“I had no idea that I became the third highest winner until Alex Trebek announced it. I was totally shocked,” Craig said in an interview following his final match. “It obviously helped by having set the highest single game record and by my large Daily Double bets.”
Craig will earn a Ph.D. in computer science this fall. He plans to use the money to pay off school loans, buy a new car, travel and donate to charity. He also plans to expand his restaurant options. “I eat a lot of Ramen and pasta so I’m hoping to treat myself to sushi more often,” he jokes. “I think I’m going to take a lot of people out to dinner now!”
When asked about his success on “Jeopardy!,” Craig said, “My mother taught me how to read and encouraged my passion for learning. I’m also very grateful to every teacher I’ve had — from kindergarten to grad school.”
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