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Vancouver man wins $98,000 in four-day run on ‘Jeopardy!’

By Erin Middlewood, Columbian Managing Editor for Content
Published: January 20, 2023, 8:49am

Yogesh Raut of Vancouver took home $98,000 after a four-day run on the quiz show “Jeopardy!”

“Every time I won, I considered myself lucky,” said Raut, 38, a self-employed blogger, podcaster and freelance writer.

He traveled to Culver City, Calif., in November. He taped the three episodes that aired Jan. 11-13 in one day, and his final game, the Jan. 16 episode, the next.

In that game, he missed only one clue: “These were first sold in 1908, at a price equivalent to about $27,000 today.” The answer: Ford Model T. All three contestants answered incorrectly in that Final Jeopardy round. Raut ended up in second place.

Of the four episodes, he said he most appreciated the one that aired Jan. 12, when all 61 of the clues resulted in a correct response from one of the competitors, the first time that’s happened in regular play on “Jeopardy!” since 1998.

“We managed to do something really memorable and historic together,” Raut said.

Raut said he doesn’t like the term “trivia,” preferring instead to call it “quizzing,” and he’s not about to leave it behind. He will continue to compete in the Connections Online Quiz League, as well as write questions for the Online Quiz League and produce his podcast, “Recreational Thinking,” a quiz game show.