"Typically, for a long-running show, the prize is determined by the way averages of what has been won in the past," Bob Boden, former leader of the programming at Game Show Network, told The Atlantic. "James's performance, I'm sure, is causing a grief for a accountant somewhere."
Oftentimes, shows take out insurance policies. Usually that's reserved for shows with rare but high earnings, such as "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Boden said he does not think "Jeopardy" has the same policy because it usually awards more modest winnings.
But even with a successful contestant, game shows 'budgets usually allocate more to on-air talent and production crews,' said Boden . The Atlantic reported longtime host Alex Trebek's annual pay is $ 1
There is a lot of buzz around Holzhauer's performance, which could draw in more viewers. That in turn could boost advertising sales.
Read the full report from The Atlantic here.