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Is This the Saddest Contestant to Ever Appear on Jeopardy?

When Thomas Hurley III, an eighth-grader from Connecticut, appeared on Jeopardy! he probably never imagined the show would end like this.

During Final Jeopardy, he correctly answered the question right, however his answer was ruled out by host Alex Trebek.

The young contestant incorrectly spelled the word emancipation and missed out on his prize money. He believes he was cheated.

“I was pretty upset that I was cheated out of the final ‘Jeopardy!’ question,” he told The News-Times ofDanbury. “It was just a spelling error.”

He bet $3,000 of his $9,600 and ended up walking away with $2,000.


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