Gary Susman
September 09, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Nothing lasts forever, not even Ken Jennings’ winning streak on ”Jeopardy!” (Warning: Spoilers ahead.) According to trade publication TV Week, the streak ended at a taping this week. The 30-year-old software engineer from Salt Lake City finally blew a game on his 75th go-round, the paper reported, and he walked away with a total of $2.5 million in prize money. One spy from the audience said that he received a standing ovation as he ended his reign. The show’s producers, of course, will neither confirm nor deny the report, in order to maintain suspense, but if the report is true, Jennings’ final appearance will air sometime in October.

Jennings has made the most of two recent rule changes in the two-decade-old game show, one that doubled the cash value of each question and one that rescinded the practice of retiring winners after five games. He’s long since surpassed all previous records for number of wins and total prize money earned. (He’s also boosted the game show’s ratings by 30 percent.) As of the show that aired Wednesday, he’d won 41 games and grabbed a total of $1,380,661.

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