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Montana woman appears on 'Jeopardy!'

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Posted at 4:41 PM, Mar 14, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-16 14:39:52-04

(UPDATE, MARCH 16) Lockman performed admirably, but did not win. Her competitors were Stephen Webb - who came into Wednesday's game as a six-day champion - and Govind Dandekar. Going into Final Jeopardy, Lockman and Dandekar each had $8,000, while Webb had $20,200.

The Final Jeopardy category was Art Exhibitions: "In 1898 what’s been called the first blockbuster art show was devoted to him & put on for Queen Wilhelmina’s coronation."

The correct response: Who is Rembrandt?

Final scores were Webb with $20,001; Dandekar with $7,000; and Lockman with $1,000.

(1st REPORT) Gwen Lockman of Missoula will be featured on "Jeopardy!" on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. The popular quiz show will air on KRTV at 6 p.m.

Lockman's knack for trivia comes from her family's love of Jeopardy! - they'd play the show while Gwen was growing up - and her academic background in history.

Lockman told MTN News that when she was in high school, she realized that she'd do well on the show, "I realized I knew relatively a lot of the questions."

The first time she took the Jeopardy! test was after her graduation from college in 2016. Unfortunately, at that time, Lockman was not asked to audition.

Ken Jennings (host of "Jeopardy!") and Gwen Lockman of Missoula
"Jeopardy!" host Ken Jennings with Gwen Lockman of Missoula

While working on a dissertation for her Ph.D. in Butte, the trivia fanatic would play at the Butte Public Library and at bar trivia in Anaconda.

"Both my teams would do pretty well whenever I was there. Someone from Butte who'd been on the show would come up to our team and tell us we should try to get on Jeopardy," Lockman shared.

After her time in Butte, Lockman took the test again and got on the show.

About her time on the Jeopardy! set, Lockman told MTN:

"Production crew and staff know that they're helping a lot of people enjoy an opportunity that they've really wanted for either a long time or for really good reasons; everyone is so kind and caring. It's really fun to meet other people who are as good at trivia. By the time you get to filming the show, everybody who films knows so much. And I would say any one of us would've known 2/3 of every single board. Like that's not a question. It really comes down to the buzzer game and that's where things get really tricky."

Lockman recommends taking the test and trying to get on the show to anyone interested: "If you do get the chance to go on, it's just it's so much fun. I would recommend it to anybody."

In November 2022, Sarah Borrelli of Hamilton competed on "Jeopardy!" but did not win. And in February 2021, Stuart Crane of Kalispell competed, winning one game.


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