The J!Effect Alumni Stories

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J!Alumni: Decades of the J!Effect

Career changes, charitable donations, school tuitions and new homes: These are just a few ways Jeopardy! has changed contestants' lives. Read updates from your favorites below.

Pictured: Maryanne and Michael

Maryanne Lewell
Season 30
Once upon a 2013 Teachers Tournament, Michael Townes and I met.

Maryanne Lewell

Season 30

Our Contestant Love Story

Once upon a 2013 Teachers Tournament, Michael Townes and I met. Then we fell in love, and we got married in 2017. You might have seen it in the New York Times "Vows" section – that's us! We would never have met in the first place if it weren't for Jeopardy! Our wedding guest list included five of our fellow Teachers Tournament alums – Mary Beth Hammerstrom gave a toast to the bride and groom, and Patrick Dillon serenaded our first dance. Jeopardy! has been a huge part of our family story.

What's Your J!Effect Story?

No matter if your story is big or small, personal or shared, touching or just plain funny – we want to hear it! Submit Your Story: