Ridgewood resident wins $2,000 on ‘Jeopardy!’

Ridgewod resident Daniel Lee appeared on “Jeopardy!” (Photo courtesy of “Jeopardy!”)

A Ridgewood resident recently competed on “Jeopardy!” and won $2,000 after finishing in second place. 

Daniel Lee, a tutor who moved to Ridgewood last spring, told QNS he wanted to compete on the show because he’s been a fan of trivia since he was a kid. 

“It was a chance to put all this useless stuff I learned in my life to profit maybe,” Lee said. “My parents have always been joking and prodding me to get on the show.”

Lee filmed the show in Los Angeles in August, but the episode just aired last week, Sept. 14. 

Lee competed alongside about a dozen other contestants and said he had an incredible experience. He said one of the best aspects of competing in the show was the close friends he made.

Lee lost to Matt Amodio, who has won 22 consecutive games. 

“It wasn’t too dishonorable of a loss,” Lee said. “If there are any local Queens fans of ‘Jeopardy!,’ I was happy to represent and I hope I didn’t disappoint.”

“Jeopardy!” has a weekly audience of more than 20 million viewers. The popular show is the top-rated quiz show on television with a total of 42 Emmy Awards.