Jeopardy! champ wins 6th game in rare 'lucky' move as fans slam Mayim Bialik-hosted game as 'RIGGED' | The Sun

JEOPARDY! champ Megan Wachpress won her sixth game on Tuesday in a ridiculously rare and "lucky" move.

Some viewers were so stunned by the Mayim Bialik-hosted game, they buzzed in with "RIGGED."

Mayim, 46, is hosting Jeopardy! for her sixth week after Ken Jennings' recent stint and his announcement he'd be out for "months."

The permanent hosting slot is said to be decided by the end of Season 38 in July 2022.

Tonight, attorney Megan won her sixth game with $60K total.

Fans have wondered about the shockingly low figure, but tonight's Final Jeopardy left others wildly claiming the show was "rigged for another streak."

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The FJ category was "Geography" and going into the all-important round, first-timer Rob was mapping out his victory.

The middle podium player had $16.5K to returning champ Megan's $8.4K – just slightly more than half his score.

The correct response was "Archapelego" which only Megan knew.

Wagering $201, she landed $8,601 as Rob wagered $7901 and lost – by $2.

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Megan was shaking as she bowed behind the podium realizing she had won.

But fans online were equally shaken – especially since Megan has now won three of her six games by exactly $2.


"What the what!!!!" one Twitter user exclaimed.

"Literally how is Megan winning these jeopardy games," wrote another.

A third shaded, "Someone tell me what dirt Megan has on the producers."

As a floored fourth wrote on Rob whose victory seemed all but sealed, "Did dude just do bad math?"

A fifth lauded, "That was the wildest Jeopardy's I've seen in ages."

Though another bashed, "Megan is the least deserving winner I stg"

As a sixth joked with slight hyperbole, "This lady has won 6 straight Jeopardy games by a grand total of about $15."

And a seventh, "Megan has clearly made a deal with the devil #jeopardy."

A fifth blasted: "Jeopardy is RIGGED."

On YouTube, one fan wrote, "How many times is she going to win by two dollars? The fix is so obvious."


The Berkeley, California player has less than half as much as any other five-day or six-day champion this year.

During last night's game, she won by getting FJ correct but only took home $401.

The second and third place winners received the larger $2,000 and $1,000 consolation prizes – meaning she made less money than them.

One fan tweeted on that stunning scenario, "When you win but actually lose."

Megan has also won three of her six total games by $2, one when she defeated then-champ Eric Ahasic also by just two dollars.

Eric, a meteorologist, had been dominating the competition for more than a week before being taken down by Megan.

But perhaps most controversial was how the star won Friday's game.

In a now-viral moment, fans claimed contestant Sadie Goldberger was cheated out of a win, which ultimately went to current champ Megan.

The Final Jeopardy! clue read: "Congratulating her on the 1869 release of her biography, Frederick Douglass wrote, 'I have wrought in the day- you in the night."

She responded correctly writing "Harriet Tubman."

But player Sadie also appeared to have the same answer in mind, and she was shockingly ruled incorrect for her script penmanship.

Mayim said: "It looks like you were going for 'Harriet Tubman' but you did not finish, so unfortunately that is not going to be acceptable."

Sadie sadly nodded in agreement, and ended up wagering $7,500, which would have given her a grand total that would have made her the new champ over Megan.

Hundreds of fans were furious with the results and rushed to social media – as did the ongoing champ in a rare moment, even Megan admitted it looked like Sadie's answer was fair and legible.

Megan tweeted: “It’s probably inappropriate for me to say anything about the judges' call in FJ yesterday (you can see my immediate reaction on the tape). But will say I'd love to see Sadie compete again (if she wants to!)."

Earlier, a fan wrote: "Sadie was flat-out jobbed out of a win. I read it right away on the reveal as Harriet Tubman.

"They've counted Final Jeopardy! responses with worse handwriting than that."

Fans even found proof on Reddit of a contestant given points for “even worse” penmanship – not finishing the last name Denver in “John Denver."

"She seems like an awesome person, it’s really unfortunate she got caught in the crossfire of this," one Redditor wrote on the player who's not at fault for her streak of luck.


Champ Megan – who now qualifies for the TOC – and her controversial run come as host Mayim has faced a scoreboard of backlash as host.

Ken and Mayim began filling in for the legendary Alex after his tragic 2020 passing and a fleet of Season 37 celebrity guest hosts, including now-disgraced Mike Richards.

The fact that the hosting slot is still undecided has scored quite the debate, as the late Alex had hosted since 1984.

The show's ratings nearly doubled to 9.7M viewers when Ken made his first appearance.

When Mayim took over her hosting duties the headcount dropped to 5.9 million viewers during a college championship and indeed, she hasn't bested Ken's ratings since during Season 38.

It's been an impressive season contestant-wise – Canadian tutor Mattea Roach, beloved rideshare driver Ryan Long, Amy Schneider, and Matt Amodio, all from this stunning season, will compete in the Tournament of Champions in November.

But even Amy and Mattea – whose run ended the day before Ken shared his podium pause – stated afterward they wanted Ken to take over.

"As a contestant, there is something really special about being on stage with the greatest player of all time," Mattea told Vulture.

Many fans have found Mayim to be a perfectly palatable presence, but hundreds have tweeted about her off-putting poise during the typically enjoyable Q&A segments.

Mayim, who studied neuroscience, replied to one contestant's earnest autism testing Q&A with a joke: "Glad to hear spitting in a tube went better than taking blood," the host bluntly said.

Mayim had another joke that flatlined with fans – she told a doctor he was "just an anesthesiologist, not a surgeon."

Fans have also found Mayim to be slow with simply ruling responses correct or not in general.

One Twitter user wrote on Mayim's hosting hesitancy, "She's laggy, I think often it's because she's waiting for cues from the producers, but someone said it might be due to her being edited a lot. The thing about Ken … he actually knows the answers…because he's that guy."

The fan-preferred former player surprisingly tweeted in May, “I'm handing the keys back to the talented actor-producer-writer-director (!) Mayim Bialik for a few months," adding, “We are lucky to have her! I'll be back before the end of the season.”

As another fan tweeted, "I actually like both Ken and Mayim, so that's that, at least for me," though one more replied that the 74-game and Greatest of All Time winner, given his resume, is simply a "better fit for the show."

As fans wait for Ken's return, Megan will go for her seventh win tomorrow night.

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