A new Jeopardy! champion has been crowned. After 10 days of fierce competition, Friday’s episode saw Minnesota-based substitute teacher Sam Kavanaugh take home the $250,000 grand prize for winning the latest Tournament of Champions.
Jennifer Quail, a wine tasting consultant from Dowagiac, Mich., finished in second place, winning $100,000, while Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, a reference and instruction librarian from Portland, Ore., netted $50,000 with her third-place win.
Jeopardy! is matching Kavanaugh’s winnings with a $250,000 donation to the Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless, in honor of Alex Trebek. According to a release from the show, “the Trebek Center will assist up to 300 people per year with shelter, intensive case management, mental health services, job training and placement, substance abuse counseling, housing navigation, life skill training, and medical care.”