Just three weeks in to Jeopardy's 32nd season and Washington D.C. native Matt Jackson has proved himself a winner on stage and in fans' hearts. The 23-year-old has amassed six victories so far, winning a whopping $166,401 in prize money and qualifying for the upcoming Tournament of Champions.
But what makes Jackson so endearing to fans isn't his mastery of all things trivia, but his upbeat, charismatic demeanor that makes him an audience favorite.
"Getting up there and being able to see 'wow, this is a theater, this is a show, lights up, go' was actually very exhilarating for me and I think that helped me make the most of it," Jackson said.
Jackson had a pretty rigid training routine to help him get to where he is today. The contestant studied Ken Jennings' Braniac and Bob Harris' Prisoner of Trebekistan, while limiting his social life to help prepare for the big matchup.
"Just the feeling of again 'wow, if I'm sucessful here there's such a big world out there, there's so many places I could go, there are so many things I could do,' and it was a good reminder that life goes on and there's a lot of places I could take it," Jackson said.
Jackson has definitely cultivated a strong online following during his Jeopardy! run, with over 850 fans already on his Facebook page.
Great job Matt Jackson. First time this season no clues left thanks to your speed! Keep it up on @Jeopardy— Brian Lawrence (@BrianDLawrence) September 26, 2015
Matt Jackson, a Washington DC paralegal, won Jeopardy last night. Great job!— Christine Stansall (@CDStansall) September 26, 2015