CULVER CITY, CALIF. (CBS) – Seth Wilson, a 31-year-old Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia now living in Nacogdoches, Texas, won his 12th consecutive game of JEOPARDY! today, bringing his total prize money to $265,002. Wilson is now in fifth place on the all-time consecutive wins list; only four other JEOPARDY! contestants have won more games than he has: Matt Jackson (13 wins), Dave Madden (19 wins), Julia Collins (20 wins), and Ken Jennings (74 wins). The fifth-place position was previously held by Arthur Chu (11 wins).
“After the first win, I was able to relax a lot. I felt like I had accomplished the main thing I came to do, and everything from that point on was just icing on the cake,” Wilson said. “Getting to be a part of a show that I’ve watched since I could talk was already an amazing experience, and the thought of my name being mentioned alongside all-time greats like Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, Julia Collins, David Madden, Matt Jackson, and Arthur Chu—to name just a few—is unbelievable to me. I feel like I’m nowhere near as good as any of those folks, so it’s a humbling honor.”
Wilson will face two new challengers Wednesday, October 5, as he attempts to extend his streak to 13.
JEOPARDY!, America’s Favorite Quiz Show®, and its host, Alex Trebek, are in their 33rd season in syndication. With 23 million viewers each week, JEOPARDY! is the top-rated quiz show on television, and has won several awards and distinctions over the course of its 30+ years on the air, including setting a Guinness World Records® record for the most Emmy® Awards won by a TV game show (33 Emmys). JEOPARDY! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company; Harry Friedman is Executive Producer. JEOPARDY! is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Television International, both units of CBS Corp.
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