Ken Jennings is not so unbeatable after all. The “Jeopardy!” wiz finally met his match, losing a three-day tournament of champions and a $2 million prize to Brad Rutter of Lancaster, Pa.
It was not exactly a close match as Rutter dominated the final two games. He beat Jennings in all three games, and his final total of $62,000 destroyed Jennings’ $34,599.
Rutter, a former record store clerk, won more than $1 million on “Jeopardy!” in 2002, then beat several other former champions to earn the right to face Jennings.
The defeat could do much harm to Jennings’ mystique, especially since he is trying to turn his trivia notoriaty into a career with his own board game, book and game show in the works.
Second place earned Jennings $500,000, part of the largest single-day payoff in TV game show history. Third-place finisher Jerome Vered earned $250,000.