Cebuano Jeopardy winner almost missed it

Philipp Tiu thought he died
By Ted Alcuitas

One of Jeopardy’s biggest winner vacillated between Victoria or Vancouver in answering the final question and almost “died”.

“I really thought I had died and and gone to heaven. I told my wife afterwards, ‘No offense to you honey, but I’m happier, more elated than the moment I said I do to you,’ and she said she understood,” Philip Tiu told CBC’s Andrew Chang yesterday (March 21) during CBC Vancouver News at 6.

Tiu was born in Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. in 1987. He completed his B.S. at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City and Masters and Ph. D. at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

He now teaches number theory, probability and combinatorics at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia.

He will use his winnings, slightly more than $97,000 US, to pay off his mortgage and help out his mother who is ill in the Philippines, he told CBC.

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