May 8—A Maine woman ended a three-day run on "Jeopardy!" Friday night, but fulfilled a lifelong dream and won big along the way.
Jamie Logan, a self-employed writer and consultant from Augusta, finished second behind Juliet Mayer, a graduate student originally from The Plains, Virginia. Sara Biegler, a stay-at-home parent from Syracuse, New York, was third.
Logan's stint on the popular TV quiz show came down to the Final Jeopardy question, "Macbeth has a vision of a line of eight Scottish kings, the eighth holding a mirror to reflect this ninth in line who may have been in the audience?"
Logan, 34, a Portland native and Deering High School alum, said questions about Shakespeare are common in "Jeopardy!" and she began reviewing possible answers in her head as soon as the final category came up. "I was feeling fairly confident, but then that question came up and I didn't recall that scene from 'Macbeth,' " Logan said. "It's not something I was going to know cold so I just threw down a guess and what was going to happen was going to happen."
Mayer, who headed into Final Jeopardy with $15,800 and wagered $8,000, answered correctly with "Who is James I?" Logan had $19,400 and wagered $12,201. Her answer of, "Who is Macduff?" brought her down to $7,199. Biegler answered, "Who is nobody?" and finished the evening with $5,300.
Being on "Jeopardy!" was a lifelong dream for Logan, who has auditioned for the show several times over the last 15 years. She received a call from producers twice when she was a student at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., for the college version of the game, and then two more times as an adult for the regular version before finally getting the call in February to be on the show.
"It was fulfilling a lifelong dream to even just get on the show," Logan said. "To win was beyond exciting. To win again was completely unexpected and the chance to play against Sara and Juliet, who are both so smart, it was just so much fun."
Logan accumulated a total of $50,200 over her first two nights on the show and will receive an additional $2,000 for her second-place finish Friday. She said she's grateful for the experience though it's been hard to keep quiet about her appearance the last few weeks before the show aired.
"Since I let people know I was on I've heard from people all across Maine and across the country from all stages of my life who have reached out," she said. "It's just been so amazing to get back in touch with people and I'm just so grateful for all the support people have given me."