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Jason Zollinger

What did you do with your winnings from your original appearance?
Uh, the most extravagant thing that we've done with the money so far is upgrade our cable package. We, uh, we got Showtime now so I can watch Penn & Teller.

Has anyone asked for your autograph or recognized you from your Jeopardy! appearance?
Uh, just a few people have, uh, recognized me and asked me for my autograph, uh, uh, at different, uh, local restaurants, or, uh, stores.

What was your reaction when you were invited to the Tournament of Champions?
It was a great relief, uh, to find out that I was, uh, actually gonna be invited to the Tournament of Champions. Um, it was, uh, just the, uh, the culmination of everything that I've worked for, for my entire adult life.


How does it feel to be a finalist?
Yeah, I'm feelin' a little lightheaded, uh, right at the moment--uh, that's how it feels to be a finalist, uh, in the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. I'm, uh, hoping I can, uh, have a little bit of time to calm down.

Did you bring a good luck charm?
Well, uh, ull, um, yeah--I, uh, I haven't mentioned my tie so far. We did, did a--an updated version, uh, with e new picture, uh, of my daughter. She was back at the hotel now with Aunt Pat. Uh, and I'm sure she'll be lookin' forward to the--to the gathering, uh, once we get to watch, uh, to watch the shows. [Waves] Hi Muriel!

What has your Tournament of Champions experience been like?
It's been incredible. Uh, we knew--I mean, I knew goin' in the competition was gonna be tough, and it's been... it's been, uh, that and more. Um, I'm constantly just amazed, I mean, just even, y'know, just talkin' to people back in the green room and on the bus and everything, just, uh, it's a really, really smart, really talented group, I'm, uh, happy to be part of.

2010 Tournament of Champions 1st runner-up (semifinalist by wildcard): $100,000.
Season 26 6-time champion: $148,404 + $1,000.

Jason was in the audience for the episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire aired 2013-01-11. He was picked to answer a question and won a Disney Cruise for four.

Jason appeared in the following 4 archived games:
#5925, aired 2010-05-21 Jason Zollinger vs. Vijay Balse vs. Stefan Goodreau 2010 Tournament of Champions final game 2.
#5924, aired 2010-05-20 Jason Zollinger vs. Vijay Balse vs. Stefan Goodreau 2010 Tournament of Champions final game 1.
#5922, aired 2010-05-18 Liz Murphy vs. Nick Yozamp vs. Jason Zollinger 2010 Tournament of Champions semifinal game 2.
#5920, aired 2010-05-14 Vijay Balse vs. Stefan Goodreau vs. Jason Zollinger 2010 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 5.
Jason previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Jason Zollinger in the following 7 archived games:
#5838, aired 2010-01-20 Jason Zollinger vs. Bern Samko vs. Ted Ahern Jason Zollinger game 7.
#5837, aired 2010-01-19 Jason Zollinger vs. Christine Havens vs. Dan Campbell Jason Zollinger game 6.
#5836, aired 2010-01-18 Jason Zollinger vs. Kathy Braue vs. Fideleon Damian Jason Zollinger game 5.
#5835, aired 2010-01-15 Jason Zollinger vs. Roddy Arz vs. Joan Radell Jason Zollinger game 4.
#5834, aired 2010-01-14 Jason Zollinger vs. Adrianne Hiltz vs. Andrew Chrzanowski Jason Zollinger game 3.
#5833, aired 2010-01-13 Jason Zollinger vs. Janna Hutz vs. Thomas Meringolo Jason Zollinger game 2.
#5832, aired 2010-01-12 Mariann Cook Andrews vs. Jennie Burroughs vs. Jason Zollinger Jason Zollinger game 1.

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