It was not Jeopardy‘s finest moment.
During Wednesday night’s game, the categories were challenging and the answers were killer. By the time the dust settled, two of the three contestants had negative scores – a very rare occurrence for the long-running game show.
So for Final Jeopardy, only one contestant was able to compete: Kristin Sausville, a 34-year-old stay-at-home mom and school volunteer from Delaware.
“This was not one of our greatest days,” host Alex Trebek said dryly. “Kristin, I think you’re going to win.”
Predictably, Twitter went crazy.
“The vibe in the studio was shock,” Sausville tells PEOPLE. “I hadn’t realized that both of the other contestants were in the negative. My husband Justin was in the audience and later told me that there had been a lot of questions as to whether it had happened before.”
As it turned out, it had happened once before – to a player who ended up competing in the Tournament of Champions against Sausville’s husband.
Yes, the Sausvilles are a husband and wife who have both won big on Jeopardy. We don’t recommend playing Trivial Pursuit at their dinner parties.
When Sausville found herself alone on stage, the butterflies began. “It was more nerve-racking to be the only person on stage,” she says. “On the one hand, it was nice not to have to worry about what anyone else was wagering, but at the same time, it meant that all of the contestant coordinators, compliance people and stage crew were standing around me.”
She didn’t respond to the final answer correctly, but it hardly mattered. She won $6,800 in the game and a two-day total of $31,601.
The video of Jeopardy‘s rare moment is below.