Macalester grad's 'Jeopardy' streak comes to an end

Austin Rogers right won $411,000 during his 12-game run as

Austin Rogers right won $411,000 during his 12-game run as"Jeopardy! champion

Watching Austin Rogers high-fiving and clapping wildly at the end of Thursday's episode of "Jeopardy!", you would have assumed the Macalester College grad had extended his winning streak to 13.

Austin Rogers, a bartender from NY, came in a close second place on the fan-favorite game show after a 12-day run as champion.

No matter how he does next month, Rogers will certainly go down as one of the show's most eccentric contestants. "He was fun to be with and slightly irreverent".

Fans take heart, however.

Rogers finished his run in fifth place on the all-time regular-season (non-tournament) winnings list; his $411,000 total puts him behind only Ken Jennings, David Madden, Julia Collin and Matt Jackson. Rogers will return for the upcoming "Jeopardy!" tournament of champions, a two-week event that starts November 6.

"I set myself a goal of two wins, and I exceeded that expectation", Rogers said in a press release.

"I mean, I always wanted validation that I'm smarter than everyone, and now, when in an argument, I can just say "SCOREBOARD!" and point to an imaginary jumbotron", he said on the site.

Rogers isn't sure how he'll spend the money. "Or, like, Estonia. I've also wondered if a Steinway piano is a good investment".

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