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Yogesh Raut Wins “Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions” 2024, Jokes He 'Benefited from the Bad Luck of Other Contestants'

Past 'Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions' winners include Amy Schneider, James Holzhauer and Celeste DiNucci

<p>Jeopardy Productions, Inc.</p> Yogesh Raut, winner of the 2024

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Yogesh Raut, winner of the 2024 'Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions'

Jeopardy! has crowned its newest Tournament of Champions winner!

The tournament's finals kicked off on Tuesday with three contenders in the running: Yogesh Raut from Vancouver, Washington; Troy Meyer from Tampa, Florida; and Ben Chan from Green Bay, Wisconsin. However, only one could walk away with the coveted "champion" title.

Raut ended up being the winner, questioning his way through six finals rounds before being crowned with the coveted title. He earned a whopping $250,000 for his efforts.

"Jeopardy! is inherently a challenging game to play," Raut said in an interview, per The Seattle Times. "There's a lot of luck involved, and over and over again I benefited from the bad luck of other contestants."

Raut added, "Even though so much of [the game] requires skill, to win, you also need luck on your side. It's impossible to win without both of those things."

Along with winning the $250,000 prize, Raut earned himself a spot in the Jeopardy! Masters prime-time tournament set to air in May on ABC.

Related: Ike Barinholtz Eliminated from Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions During Semifinals

Before a winner eventually emerged, the 2024 edition of Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions had seen its fair share of twists and turns.

Cris Pannullo’s elimination from the qualifying round previously came as a shock because he was considered the “clear frontrunner” by some. However, he was eliminated after incorrectly guessing the number of megabytes in a gigabyte.

He answered “What is 1000?” — and lost that amount in dollars because the correct answer was “1024.” The argument by viewers was that gigabytes can be either 1000 or 1024 megabytes, meaning Pannullo wasn’t technically wrong.

Reddit users did a deep dive into data storage, and most agreed the question was “confusing” because tech standards are constantly changing. “It's confusing because the accepted definition has changed over the decades,” wrote one Reddit user. “I've been working in IT for 35+ years, and it wasn't until relatively recently that there were distinctions made between MB and MiB.”

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Another viewer responded, “Poorly worded clue. A clue where ‘1000’ is a correct response is boring.”

Others were confident that Jeopardy! got it right. “As an IT guy since the 70s, I've always differentiated between memory and storage. I feel the show got it correct,“ one fan said.

Another fan favorite was eliminated from the competition last week. Mindy Project alum Ike Barinholtz was the first Celebrity Jeopardy! contestant to make it to the big race, but he lost on a Final Jeopardy question with one fateful, all-in wager.

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