A Buffalo Grove High School graduate’s six-day run on the game show Jeopardy came to an end Thursday.
Jerry Slowik, who lives in Arlington Heights, finished third during his final competition, adding $1,000 to his total. He walked away from the show with a total of $122,800 in winnings. As the writer told game show host Alex Trebek, it’s more money than he’s earned in his entire life.
Slowik’s first obstacle came when he lost his entire $6,200 day six winnings in a Daily Double question, answering “fuchsia” rather than the correct “magenta” to a puzzle asking him to name the “purplish red” color that was named for a town in northern Italy.
He worked his way back up to $5,600 before again losing the total in a second Daily Double. He ended the Double Jeopardy phase of the game in third place with $800, which he doubled by successfully betting it all on the Final Jeopardy question. Third-place winners, however, walk away with an even $1,000.