Wofford grad wins 8th turn on ‘Jeopardy!’

drew.brooks@shj.comJuly 9, 2013 

Alex Trebek (left) and Ben Ingram, 2005 Wofford College graduate

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After seven days, Wofford College graduate Ben Ingram is still Jeopardy! champion.

Ingram increased his winnings to $157,733, good for 10th all-time, according to a list of winners on Jeopardy!’s website.

Ingram won $20,001 on Tuesday’s episode, one of at least eight filmed by Ingram in late March.

Ingram, a Florence native and IT consultant in Charlotte, N.C., has been sworn to secrecy about his performance, but previously said “it does end.”

On Tuesday’s episode, Ingram finished another dominating performance. His second-place competitor had $99 and the third-place contestant had $0 after the Final Jeopardy! question, which only Ingram answered correctly.

That question?

What is “Singapore?”

The answer? This country has an area of only 275 square miles but has four different official languages: English, Tamil, Chinese and Malay.

Ingram wagered $101 on the question, the least he could wager and still win if another contestant answered correctly.

Ingram’s low, cautious wagers were noted by host Alex Trebek in each of the last two episodes.

Ingram’s College Bowl coaches from his time at Wofford said those wagers show his sporstmanship – they said he doesn’t want to “run the score up” on his opponents.

While at Wofford, Ingram was a leader on the 2005 College Bowl team that went to the National Championship Tournament in Seattle.

Faculty and students alike at the Spartanburg school have followed his appearances over the last week-and-a-half and the S.C.-native has been cheered on by hometown fans on social media.

Ingram is a Florence native and IT consultant in Charlotte.

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