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DeKalb man to return as champion after winning $19K on ‘Jeopardy!’  

Lane Flynn, chairman of the DeKalb County GOP, went into the Final Jeopardy portion of the show’s Wednesday episode trailing the defending champion by about $2,400. 

But then Flynn nearly doubled his tally when he was the only contestant to correctly answer the final question: Name the three United Nations member states that begin with the letter “J”; two are island nations and one is nearly landlocked.

His answer, “Japan, Jamaica and Jordan,” landed Flynn with $19,198 and the chance to appear as the returning champion on “Jeopardy!” Thursday at 7:30 p.m. He will be competing against Hannah Ewing from Stamford, Connecticut, and Liz McCarthy from South Orange, New Jersey. 

Flynn, who was the Republican nominee for Georgia House District 81 in 2016, is also a licensed pilot. His fun fact on the show was about an airplane fender bender he experienced on the ground while learning to fly.

The show shared a video of Flynn answering a few questions correctly in the “Humans in the Galapagos” category:


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Fellow DeKalb County GOP member Greg Williams said in a statement that the trivia squad he and Flynn are on will change its name to “We have a Jeopardy Champion on our team.” Flynn, a business owner who lives with his wife and two daughters, said competing on the show was a “great experience.” 

Lane Flynn had a watch party at his north DeKalb County home with family and friends — many of whom did not know what the outcome would be. ((Greg Williams))

Earlier this week, there was another metro Atlanta tie on the quiz competition. A clue referred to how Georgia Tech engineers painted “Mini Lisa” on the world's smallest canvas, which was one-third the width of a human hair, in 2013.

In January, a 26-year-old Atlanta resident who was on “Jeopardy!” as a one-day returning champion, finished in third place.


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