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Lincoln's Natalie Lips didn't watch Tuesday's previously taped episode of "Jeopardy!"

Partly because she was still at work, and partly because "I knew how it was going to end," she said.

Lips, 23, incorrectly answered "Final Jeopardy," a question about presidential elections, and it cost her all of the $9,000 she had amassed that day, and ended her four-day run on the popular television game show.

"I should have bet $0," she said. "But I knew the topic. I was a history minor in college. I told myself 'OK, I got this.'"

The answer: The only election year since 1952 in which neither major-party candidate had been a president or vice president.

The question: What is 2008? (Barack Obama and John McCain).

Lips wrote down 1976.

"Every now and then I see something political come up, and I think 'Gosh, darn it, I knew it was 2008,'" she said.

Lips didn't finish with any money on Tuesday's episode, but she still received $1,000 for finishing third, she said. That brought here four-day winnings to $58,601.

Lips graduated from Lincoln North Star (2009) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2013). She works as an office assistant for Lincoln Parking Services.

She said she plans to use her winnings, which she will receive four months after Tuesday's episode, to help pay off student loans and to send her mother, Linda Lips, on a vacation to the United Kingdom.

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek said at the top of Tuesday's show that Lips' mother helped her prepare.

"She was a great help," Lips said.

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Jeff Korbelik is the features editor and covers dining, performing arts, TV and local media. Follow him at @LJSjeffkorbelik.

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