A high school teacher and grad student from Aliso Viejo, California...

Cora Peck

My name is Cora Peck, I'm from Aliso Viejo, California.

How have you spent your winnings?
With my winnings, I paid Uncle Sam and Uncle Arnold in California, and bought a car, did some remodeling in my kitchen, paid for graduate school, and then, uh, have some other plans to do some other things with what's left.

How did you master the dreaded buzzer?
This is it. [Exercises her index finger in the air] That's how I work the buzzer. I don't use my thumb--I use my finger.

Has anyone recognized you from your Jeopardy! appearance?
I have been recognized in grocery stores. Nobody's asked for my autograph, though. I've had some parents at the school where I teach who've come up to me and made comments about things.

What is the most common question people ask about your time on Jeopardy!?
The most common question is "Did they pay you?" [Laughs] And the answer is, "Yes."

Will playing Jeopardy! in Las Vegas affect your wagering?
Will playing in Las Vegas affect my wagering? Probably not, because I'm not a gambler at all. I'm pretty conservative when it comes to that kind of thing.

Place your bets and tune in!

2009 Tournament of Champions wildcard semifinalist: $10,000.
Season 24 5-time champion: $116,803 + $1,000.

Cora appeared on Sports Jeopardy! on 2015-07-08.

Cora appeared in the following 2 archived games:
#5654, aired 2009-03-19 Larissa Kelly vs. Cora Peck vs. Dave Simpson 2009 Tournament of Champions semifinal game 2. From Las Vegas.
#5648, aired 2009-03-11 Carl Brandt vs. Dan Pawson vs. Cora Peck 2009 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 1. From Las Vegas.
Cora previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Cora Peck in the following 6 archived games:
#5363, aired 2007-12-26 Cora Peck vs. Bruce Upbin vs. Patricia Crane Cora Peck game 6.
#5362, aired 2007-12-25 Cora Peck vs. Wendell Watkins vs. Deb Brady Cora Peck game 5.
#5361, aired 2007-12-24 Cora Peck vs. Stewart Myrent vs. Carolyn Weddell Cora Peck game 4.
#5360, aired 2007-12-21 Cora Peck vs. Megan Maxwell vs. Jeffrey Coogan Cora Peck game 3.
#5359, aired 2007-12-20 Cora Peck vs. Joseph Maher vs. Marvene Horwitz Cora Peck game 2.
#5358, aired 2007-12-19 Kevin Holbert vs. Cora Peck vs. Dave Roberts Cora Peck game 1.

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