Game Show Winners: Where Are They Now?

We’re taking a look at game show winners who have won big and what they are up to now!

Haley Mendoza

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: October 29th, 2020 8:25 pm pst

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Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, AfterBuzz TV is the artist-friendly entertainment news platform that celebrates, discusses, interviews, promotes and reports on the widest range of stars, creators and content through video, audio and article publications.

Ever watched a game show and thought, “Wow, what are they gonna do with all that money?” 

Well, we might have an answer for you! We’re looking at past game show contestants that won big to find out what they’re up to now! 

Amber Scholl – The Price is Right

You may recognize Amber Scholl from a few different places. One, she was on and won a Showcase on The Price is Right! Two, she’s a popular Youtuber with over 3.3 million subscribers! That’s right, Amber was on the show in the early 2010s. In her showcase, she won ice cream for a year and a trip to Italy! You can check her out on Youtube where she posts DIYs and fun glam content! 

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4 years ago today i posted the video that literally changed my life & this is gonna be the sappiest post ever but i still remember like it was yesterday refreshing my page every 2 seconds watching literally thousands of people subscribe & me just sobbing on the floor & realizing i was going to be okay & for the first time in forever my dreams came back to life & i never will be able to explain how much that means to me or how much you mean to me and when i say i love you i truly mean that with every single piece of my heart. thank you for everything. (& thank u to my past self for believing). here’s a photo dump of my favorite memories from that day. & some other teary milestones. gonna go cry now. ps…what if it doesn’t come true? ah, but what if it does :) xx

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John Carpenter – Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Another game show legend, John Carpenter not only won the million dollars on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, but he did it in style! Carpenter didn’t need any help as he cruised through the question sets with ease. Before answering the final question (yup, the one for one million dollars) Carpenter elected to use one of his three lifelines allotted to him during the game. He called his father and simply said, “I don’t need your help. I just wanted to let you know I’m going to win the million dollars.” He proceeded to correctly answer the final question, leaving the audience stunned! As of 2017, John was still working at the IRS and living in New England. 

Ken Jennings – Jeopardy

This list would not be complete without this legendary game show winner! Ken Jennings is well-known for dominating Jeopardy for 74 straight episodes in the early 2000s. His winnings totaled around $4.5 million. That’s not all though, he also went on to other shows like Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? and won even more! Jennings told Forbes in a recent interview that he’s saved up the majority of his winnings and is now working as a spokesman for Tracfone Wireless. He even frequently gives advice on how to beat the Jeopardy buzzer system. Sounds like Ken is doing just fine!

Tomorrow Rodriguez – Deal or No Deal

This Deal or No Deal contestant took home one million dollars in 2008. She was the second person in the U.S. to win that much money off a game show! In a 2018 interview with CNBC, Rodriguez stated that she paid off her hefty student debt with the money and donated to various charities. She also was working at an at-risk youth center. Tomorrow’s story wasn’t all perfect though, she has also expressed that winning the large sum of money changed her relationship with people around her and she urged other winners to get a financial advisor. 

If you could go on any game show, what would it be?! Let us know by tweeting us @Afterbuzz and let us know if there are any big winners that should be added to the list!


About The Author:

Haley Mendoza is a lover of all things film and TV. Whether you want to bond over horror movies or competition shows, she’s always down. Haley attends Emerson College, pursuing a degree in Media and Visual Arts and writing scripts in her spare time.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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