While incredibly smart, the lawyer from Berkeley, Calif., has benefited from other contestants' stumbles and bad luck throughout her five-day run on Jeopardy! On Monday, reigning Jeopardy! champion Megan Wachspress was the personification of the old adage “Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.”
It appeared that Sadie Goldberger won Friday's game, so that would have made her the winner. However, judges made a shaky call that led to Goldberger losing. It was determined that Wachspress won due to an illegible entry.
Wachspress' victory on Monday wasn't controversial, but it could be characterized as fortuitous due to a big gamble made by contestant Ketty Pan near the end on a Daily Double she shot wrong, all but eliminating her from contention.
On Final Jeopardy!, Tory Leviton was leading Wachspress. But Wachspress won because Leviton wagered too much money. Despite both of them answering the question incorrectly, Leviton wagered too much money on the question.
Furthermore, Wachspress received only $401, whereas the second and third place winners received $2,000 and $1,000 respectively as consolation prizes.
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