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The consolation prizes are being increased as of the start of Season 38, The Jeopardy! Fan has learned.
Instead of the $2,000 and $1,000 that have been in effect since May 2002, consolation prizes are being increased to $5,000 for second, and $3,000 for third.
The prizes will still be sponsored by GEICO.
“Contestants and fans alike have been asking the show for this more than anything else,” executive producer Mike Richards said. “After the fallout from Dr. Oz being named a guest host, it’s only fair that we give something back. Hopefully this will make it less arduous for contestants to appear on the show, and players will be more likely to play the game in a more exciting and aggressive fashion.”
More information about this change can be found in the leftmost category of the Jeopardy! round of today’s episode. Failing that, a check of the the dateline of this article should provide more information.
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