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Jeopardy! anoints ‘Greatest of All Time’ champion

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Ken Jennings won the Jeopardy! title for “Greatest of All Time” after he returned to compete against the game show’s other two biggest winners.

The show pitted James Holzhauer, who holds the most records on the show, and Brad Rutter, the biggest money winner on the show, against Jennings, who has the record for longest winning streak at 74 games in a row.

Jennings, 45, won the title Tuesday night after a four-night showdown between the trio, and he walked home with another $1 million, while Holzhauer and Rutter got $250,000 apiece.

“It has taken 15 years for Ken Jennings to finally answer the question, ‘Is he as good as he appeared to be in his great run on Jeopardy!?'” show host Alex Trebek joked after Jennings’s win.

The Washington state native has now amassed $4,370,700 in winnings in his appearances on the show, which has spanned three decades.

Jennings was humble after his win when discussing it on Twitter.

“I know this tournament was supposed to settle the Jeopardy ‘Greatest of All Time’ question forever, but let’s be honest: I got some breaks,” he said. “If we ran this tournament back a dozen times, you’d probably see a different winner each time. Brad and James are just that good.”

There’s a lot of luck in a game of Jeopardy: the categories, who finds the Daily Doubles, who misses a fluky DD or Final…

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings)
January 15, 2020

(We will NOT be running this tournament back a dozen times.)

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings)
January 15, 2020

The event was also sentimental as Trebek is in the middle of a battle against pancreatic cancer.

“I’m going to miss you, Alex,” Rutter said at one point. “It’s been a privilege and an honor to be associated with this program.”