"Jeopardy!" contestant Austin Rogers, right, had a 12-game winning streak before losing by $51 Thursday night.
No matter how he does next month, Rogers will certainly go down as one of the show's most eccentric contestants. He was known for his mimes and for making big bets. "He was fun to be with and slightly irreverent".
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He'll be back on the show next month, competing in the two-week "Jeopardy!" tournament of champions that begins November 6.
Rogers' haul ranks fifth on the show's all-time non-tournament winning list- impressive but still far behind the $2.5 million Ken "So smart it took a supercomputer to beat him" Jennings won in 2004.
"I set myself a goal of two wins, and I exceeded that expectation", Rogers said in a press release.
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Rogers said his bachelor's degree in history from Macalester College in St. Paul encouraged a "curious nature".
"I don't really know (how I'll spend the money) other than I want to make sure that I'm all within tax law before doing anything stupid or frivolous", he said. "Or, like, Estonia. I've also wondered if a Steinway piano is a good investment", he says.
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