Robin Carroll took home $11,200 after heading into the final round with $5,600. She finished the first two rounds of the game in second place after leading in the early going.
The final category was “four-letter words.”
When longtime host Alex Trebek returned from commercial break, he gave the clue: “New research shows that this word that has become ubiquitous dates back to young men also called ‘macaronis.’”
Carroll’s two competitors fell by the wayside, with one not even venturing an answer. Then it became Carroll’s turn and her answer revealed “dude,” which was correct. She had wagered her full winnings to that point, which propelled her into the quarterfinals.
The episode was part of the show’s “Battle of the Decades” series. Contestants from 1993-2002 appeared on the show.
Carroll moves on to the quarterfinals set to air between May 5 and 16.
She has taken home the most cash of any contestant during the regular syndicated series, receiving a total of $225,300, including Wednesday’s winnings. She used much of her previous winnings, she told the Journal earlier this week, to pay her tuition at Kennesaw State University.
Carroll first appeared on the show in 2000 while living in Marietta and won five games in a row. At that time, contestants were only allowed to win five games before ending their streak. In 2003, the rules changed to allow guests to remain on the show as long as they continued winning.
She has since moved to Sandy Springs but still works in Marietta as an instructional designer.
Carroll played again in the 2002 Million Dollar Masters tournament but did not win. Her ex-husband, Dan, competed in 2011 but also did not win.