Del. student sets record for 'Jeopardy!' winnings

Alex Trebek hosts Jeopardy with guests Sam Waterston of "Law & Order," actress Kathryn Erbe of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and actor Christopher Meloni of Law & Order: SVU "during a taping of "Celebrity Jeopardy!" to celebrate the 5000th episode of "Jeopardy!" at Radio City Music Hall, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006, in New York City. "Celebrity Jeopardy!" will showcase 30 stars competing for $1,000,000 dollars for charity. (AP Photo/Paul Hawthorne)

September 14, 2010 7:57:00 PM PDT
A University of Delaware graduate student who made a bold bet has become the biggest one-day winner in the history of the game show "Jeopardy!"

Roger Craig earned $77,000 on Tuesday's telecast. He beat the $75,000 standard set more than six years ago by legendary "Jeopardy!" champ Ken Jennings.

Craig finished the regular part of the game with $47,000 and bet $30,000 on the category "Literary and Movie Title Objects." The clue was: "The inspiration for this title object in a novel and a 1957 movie actually spanned the Mae Khlung River."

The 33-year-old correctly replied, "What is 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'?"

After two days on the show, Craig has earned $114,000. He's 72 games short of Jennings' record of 74 wins in a row.


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