Every aspiring Jeopardy! champion probably yearns to dominate the show en route to a lucrative, life-altering payout. Most contestants do get to flex their trivia muscle while dodging subtly insulting commentary from host Alex Trebek, but one man managed to become a Jeopardy! champion with perhaps the most measly earnings available on the show: $1.
Manny Abell is the lucky winner, and we might as well call him Mr. Money Bags. Abell pocketed the dingy loot during the Final Jeopardy! round on Tuesday night's show. The two other contestants were clearly in the hunt for victory with earnings of $12,300 apiece, so they wagered to go the double-or-nothing route, all but ensuring a grandiose payday if they answered the question correctly. But Abell, the cunning sportsman, decided to wager $999 of his $1,000 winnings, a gambit that guaranteed just a dollar if his opponents fell short.
Lo and behold, the decision paid just enough to scrape victory from the jaws of defeat after two of the three contestants answered the question about East Asian geography incorrectly. Now, let it be known that Abell is no slouch: the dollar brought his three day winnings to a grand-total of $42,799, which is a handsome purse in its own right.