The information presented below essentially is but a restatement of that compiled at J! Archive's prizes page; I'm incredibly grateful to Robert K S, Andy Saunders, and the rest of the incomparable team at the Archive for the work they do day in and day out on behalf of our beloved game.
In the first Tournament of Champions in Season 2, "Tot" refers to the two-day totals of the first and second runners-up in the final. A year later in 1986, both the non-winning finalists finished the two-day total-point affair with less than $5,000; upon a petition of third-place finisher Marvin Shinkman, their totals were raised to that level, and when more tournaments were brought in later that season, they included guaranteed minimums for second and third place. That decision endured to this day; those guaranteed minimums are the values listed in the table below. Though they are rarely exceeded nowadays, if a finalist's total exceeds what's listed below for their placement, that total is what they get. (The Season 39  ToC is an exception; the first-to-three-wins nature of that final meant that the payouts to the runners-up were fixed.)
The Seniors Tournament, contested in Seasons 3-12, had the same payouts as the Teen Tournaments in those seasons. In Seasons 23 and 35, two Teen Tournaments were played; the stakes were the same in both tournaments in each season.
Throughout the table below, the prize values are stated in thousands of dollars, except in cells containing an "M," which denotes value stated in millions.
|Season||Tournament of Champions||Teen Tournament||College Championship||Teachers Tournament||Professors Tournament|
|1||No special play in the inaugural season|
|Tot + 25||10||7.5||5|
The champion received their combined two-day total in the final plus $25,000; numbers shown represent guaranteed minimums for the first and second runners-up.
The fourth-place player was the semifinal winner with the lowest total score (only the three highest winning scores advanced from that round to the final).
In the table above, italics denotes a value that is a guaranteed minimum (winners in Rounds 1-3, and all players in the semifinals). Like J! Archive, each round of the tournament is listed separately because winnings were cumulative. For example, third-place finisher Jerome Vered won $389,801 in the UToC: $27,601 in Round 1, $30,000 in Round 2, $32,200 in Round 3, $50,000 in his semifinal (final score was $30,900); and $250,000 in the final.
All three competitors in this match pledged to donate part or all of their winnings to charity – Watson's split between World Vision and World Community Grid, half of Ken Jennings's to VillageReach, and half of Brad Rutter's to the Lancaster County Community Foundation.
The figures in the table above represent the payout to each team, split equally between the three members.
Because the two runners-up were both awarded the same payout, I consider Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer to have jointly finished in second place, behind Ken Jennings.
The fourth-place player is the semifinal winner with the lowest total score (only the three highest winning scores advance from that round to the final).
|35||20||10||2 / 1|
The winners of the two Second Chance competitions also received berths in the 2022 Tournament of Champions. Losing semifinalists received $2000 for second place and $1000 for third (the same amounts awarded to runners-up in regular play).
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