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Naval officer wins ‘Jeopardy!’ with only $1

Naval officer Manny Abell wins "Jeopardy!" with one dollar (Facebook/Jeopardy!)
October 20, 2017

Naval officer Manny Abell beat out two opponents on “Jeopardy!” this week when they wagered it all and ended up with nothing, and he had left himself a $1 cushion after the Final Jeapoardy! question. That $1 ended up being all it took to win that night.

When the two-day “Jeopardy!” champion returned to the show Tuesday night to compete – and ultimately become a three-time champion, Abell walked up to the podium having already won $42,798.

By the end of the show, Abell became a three-time champion with three-day total winnings of $42,799 – just $1 more than when he started that night.

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When the final Jeopardy! question was posed to all three contestants, Abell was in last place with only $1,000 total. The other competitors each had $12,300.

The final question was: “What country borders the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf?”

When all three contestants answered the question incorrectly and didn’t put down “Iran,” Abell was left with $1 while the other contestants were left with nothing, having bet all the money they had.

Abell is only the second regular champion to win with a total of only $1, after Air Force Lt. Col. Darryl Scott did the same thing in 1993.

“Celebrity Jeopardy!” champions Benjamin Salisbury and Brandi Chastain also won the show with just $1.