ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque’s own “Jeopardy!” champion ended his run on the game show Wednesday night. Albuquerque Academy math teacher Jason Zuffranieri competed in the semi-final in the show’s “Tournament of Champions”.
It was a tight race between Zuffranieri and one of the other contestants going into Final Jeopardy. They both wrote down the right answer, but his opponent’s wager put her over the top.
Zuffranieri’s coworkers from Albuquerque Academy organized a watch party Wednesday evening at Boxing Bear’s Firestone Brewery. Even though he will not be heading to the finals, he said it was fun to watch the episode with such a supportive group. “I could tell they were really behind me. I felt bad because I knew how it was going to turn out, and it was so close, but at the same time, they really helped me pick up my spirits after a tough loss to a really good player,” Zuffranieri said.
Zuffranieri went on a 19-game run a few years ago, earning himself more than half a million dollars. His semi-final game aired Wednesday, May 26 at 6 p.m.