It takes some mind to be able to compete on Danger!, but only the best of the best land in this winner’s circle. These are the winners of the most profitable game and they have won millions.
Ken Jennings is one of the most popular high rollers in the ABC series. The Washington-born author is actually the most profitable American sweepstakes competitor of all time. In addition to winning $ 2,520,700 during his initial 74 shows on Jeopardy !, he nearly doubled that number in numerous special tournaments.
In 2005 Danger! Last Tournament of Champions, Jennings won $ 500,000 for second place and in 2014 won a $ 100,000 second place prize in the Danger! Battle of Decades. He returned to the winning circle in 2020 when he took the $ 1 million first place prize in Danger! The greatest ever. These are just a few of his biggest tournaments.
Jennings became a Danger! consultant in 2020 and started hosting in 2021 thereafter Alex Trebekthe death.
Later that year, Matt Amodio entered the winners’ circle with a streak of 37 straight wins. The Ph.D. student from New Haven, Connecticut is second only to Jennings in winning streak.
“Ken has always been the face of Jeopardy! to me, so when I think of ‘Jeopardy!’ I think of him, “Amodio said in a press release in October 2021.” To [be] right behind him there is a surreal experience “.
Jennings was very supportive of his latest successor. “What a race!” tweeted after the Yale student streak ended with his 38th game on October 11, 2021, episode.
“Referring to #Jeopardy, ‘you are half the man that Ken Jennings is’ is a great compliment,” Amodio replied via Twitter, singing the praises of his predecessor. “Referring to life in general, it’s even bigger. Thanks for being you, Ken [heart emoji]. “
Despite being one of Danger! higher earnings, Amodio revealed that he did not want to stop working as a researcher. “I still have no plans to spend a cent of my $ 1,518,601 winnings,” he wrote in an article for Newsweek days after its last episode aired. “I’m a frugal kid and I love having the opportunity to set aside a lot of money if I need it in the future or to help with the kids.”
However, Amodio wasn’t the only winner in history in 2021. Amy Schneider quickly became the sixth most profitable contestant of all time on Jeopardy in December, and outperformed all other female contestants with over $ 700,000 in winnings.
Scroll down to see the winners with the highest earning of Danger! (including tournaments):