Jerry Slowik, 28, of Arlington Heights gathered with family and friends to watch his fourth "Jeopardy!" win at Eddie's Restaurant and Lounge in Arlington Heights Tuesday afternoon.
With more than two dozen supporters at his side, Slowik watched as he gave the correct questions to answers posed by host Alex Trebek. He did miss a couple of questions, one related to a Chicago landmark and another about a Stanley Kubrick movie, and his flubs were met with gentle razzing by his supporters.
Nonetheless, he outpaced his two fellow competitors and will make at least one more appearance on the show, which is taped in advance.
"It's always been kind of a dream of mine," said Slowik, a longtime fan of the show. "Going to Los Angeles -- and going for 'Jeopardy!' of all things -- was just an amazing experience. It's been one of the highlights of my life."
For contractual reasons, Slowik can't say how long his run on the show will last, other than "at least one more show." He said he enjoyed the company of his fellow competitors, who were "Jeopardy!" fans just like himself and easy to befriend, as well Trebek.
"Alex was funnier than I expected," Slowik said. "Dry of course, and a little aloof, but he was great to me."
He auditioned for the show in September 2012 at the Sheraton in Chicago, and in October, he traveled to California to tape the shows. Slowik is a 2004 graduate of Buffalo Grove High School.