After initially not passing the audition for the show, Bob Verini successfully made it onto the show in his second attempt. He accumulated $276,802 during his successful run on the show. Aside from his vast trivia knowledge, Verini spends most his time as a playwright and actor and he revealed that he spent a big portion of his winnings on backing theater productions.
Software engineer Alan Lin spent five whole years trying to make it onto Jeopardy! His hard work and persistence finally paid off, and his six day streak earned him $123,600. He later came back to compete in the Tournament of Champions where he earned an additional $100,000!