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    deathscurse

    [1]Apr 7, 2008
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    do the losing contestants get to keep the money they have earned? If not, what is their consulation prize?
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    Erebos12345

    [2]Apr 30, 2008
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    Starting in 1984, rather than receiving their scores in cash, runners-up were awarded consolation prizes; typically, a vacation package for the second-place player and merchandise for the third-place player. This changed on May 16, 2002; thereafter, the second-place finisher was awarded $2,000 and the third place finisher was awarded $1,000. Since the show did not provide airfare or lodging for challengers (airfare was provided for returning champions' subsequent flights to L.A.), these cash consolation prizes alleviated the financial burden of appearing on the show.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeopardy!#Cash_prizes
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