The way “Jeopardy!” works is you get two rounds to rack up as many points as you can before answering a Final Jeopardy question, where you wager money on if you’ll get it correct and wish for the best. On Christine Whelchel’s episode of the show, her and two-day champ Henry Rozycki both wagered just enough points to have a tie. Each contestant ended with $34,000, meaning they were forced into a tie-breaker.
With the question on the screen, the two had to then buzz in, like you do in traditional rounds of “Jeopardy!,” to see who would go home with the win. Whelchel buzzed in with the answer “poppy” for the win and earned her $34,000. “Christine, you are our new ‘Jeopardy!’ champion,” host Ken Jennings said, adding, “Cancer free and $34,000 richer. Congratulations to you. What a victory!”
At the time of publication, Whelchel sits at a 3-day win streak of $59,601 and doesn’t look like she will be giving up the fight any time soon. After all, if you can beat breast cancer, “Jeopardy!” contestants must not seem so intimidating.