To con­quer Jeop­ardy!, IBM may have Watson, but North­eastern has Doug Lloyd.

The law stu­dent, who grad­u­ates next month, bested the com­pe­ti­tion on an episode of the classic TV quiz show that aired Monday, April 9, earning him the title of Jeop­ardy! champion.

It’s always been a dream of mine to be on the show, and it was an even bigger dream to win,” said Lloyd, who plans to split his $14,400 in win­nings between loan pay­ments and his hon­ey­moon fol­lowing his August wedding.

As a child, Lloyd watched the show every night with his par­ents, and he began taking the online test when he turned 18. His fourth attempt, in 2009, yielded an in-​​person audi­tion and entry into the con­tes­tant pool, but nothing more.

He retook the test in 2011, and once again earned an audi­tion. Then in November, as he sat at his desk working on co-​​op at the legal rights orga­ni­za­tion GLAD (Gay & Les­bian Advo­cates & Defenders), an unfa­miliar number popped up on his cell phone. Lloyd nearly didn’t pick up, but then scram­bled to answer once he real­ized it was a Cal­i­fornia area code. On the line was the Jeop­ardy! rep­re­sen­ta­tive offering con­grat­u­la­tions and the news his taping was in three weeks.

On set, Lloyd over­came his nerves and seized the moment. He bat­tled through the first round, and when “Math For­mulas” appeared as a cat­e­gory in Double Jeop­ardy!, Lloyd relied on his knowl­edge from studying com­puter sci­ence at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity as an under­grad­uate. “One ques­tion was about the for­mula for the perimeter of a rec­tangle. It might have been the eas­iest $2,000 I’ve ever earned in my entire life,” he said, laughing.

In Final Jeop­ardy!, how­ever, Lloyd encoun­tered a sur­real twist. Only days ear­lier, Lloyd vis­ited a friend in San Diego, and his friend’s father insisted Lloyd avoid the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame — a “tourist trap,” he called it — when vis­iting Los Angeles prior to the show’s taping. Amaz­ingly, “Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame” was the Final Jeop­ardy! category.

With Lloyd in third place, and only a couple thou­sand dol­lars sep­a­rating all three players, he made a low wager, thinking his oppo­nents would wager high to out-​​position the other. He thought if all three players were wrong, he’d emerge vic­to­rious. The plan worked, and Lloyd took first place with $12,400. He won an addi­tional $2,000 for his second-​​place finish on the next episode.

While Lloyd humbly down­played his vast wealth of infor­ma­tion, he admitted a long­time pas­sion to acquire knowl­edge. A few years ago, Lloyd received the book “The New York Times Guide to Essen­tial Knowl­edge: A Desk Ref­er­ence for the Curious Mind” as a birthday gift. He read 20 pages a night so it felt like “plea­sure reading and not cramming.”

If I don’t know a word, I look it up. If I read some­thing some­where, I fact-​​check it some­where else. I think my nat­ural curiosity prob­ably lends to stuff get­ting stuck in my head,” he said.

So does he have any advice for future Jeop­ardy! contestants?

There’s a big dif­fer­ence playing at home and playing on set. At home, no one can beat you to the buzzer,” he said.