LOS ANGELES — The goofy and entertaining reign of "Jeopardy!" champ Austin Rogers is over.

The New York City bartender narrowly lost on Thursday's show after a 12-game winning streak that netted him a total $411,000, putting him in fifth place for all-time regular season winnings.

He's satisfied with the run, Rogers said in an interview.

"I set myself out to win one game. I had no idea I'd be this wildly successful," he said. "I had no idea I'd find it, honestly, this easy."

He credits his study of history at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, for encouraging his curious nature, and says devising questions for the trivia quiz nights he hosts proved "a little helpful" on the show.

Scarlett Sims, a stay-at-home mother from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, ended up with $51 more than Rogers after the final question, $33,201 to his $33,150.

Rogers won't be away long: He'll compete in the two-week "Jeopardy!" tournament of champions that begins Nov. 6.

He brought an unusually freewheeling, improv-comedy approach to the quiz show. While most players stand obediently as they're introduced, for instance, Rogers came up with bits of funny business, such as mimicking making a phone call from the stage.

That wasn't an act for the TV audience, Rogers said. "My know-it-all-ism is who I am. This is not a facade, unfortunately, America. This is how I behave in everyday situations."

The reaction to his antics surprised Rogers.

"I had a vague feeling that people would be like, 'Oh, this guy's sort of random,'" he said, and figured he might be recognized by a few "Jeopardy!" fans on the street. He didn't expect to be invited to appear on "Good Morning America."

But why not? He was the cocky player who dared to high-five host Alex Trebek.

"Austin was outside the box — completely different from what many viewers expect a 'Jeopardy!' contestant to be," Trebek said in a statement. "He was fun to be with and slightly irreverent."

Rogers' money tally put him behind Ken Jennings, David Madden, Julia Collins and Matt Jackson, a "Jeopardy!" spokeswoman said. He's tied with Seth Wilson at No. 5 for most consecutive games won, with Jennings again topping the list.

Rogers said he's hoping to build a media career out of his "Jeopardy!" fame and is mulling what shape that might take. The only certainty at this point is what he'll do with his winnings: save, not spend.

"I don't have any real need for that much money. I live a happy life, I've got a nice apartment, I don't have a girlfriend that I need to spend money on right now, I don't like fancy clothing, I don't have a car."

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Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.

If You Go

What: “Eye for Adventure: Photographs by Jack London” and “Libros de Artista”

When: Saturday, Jan. 20, through April 15. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays

Where: Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma

Admission: $10; 12 and under free. Admission to the Jan. 20 opening is free.

Information: 939-7862, svma.org

Events:

Opening reception for both exhibits, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20

Sue Hodson, retired curator of literary manuscripts at the Huntington Library and co-author of the book “Jack London, Photographer” (2010), and Helaine Glick, guest curator of the “Eye for Adventure: Photographs by Jack London” exhibit, will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21.

Antonio Guerra Gonzalez, one of the artists whose work is featured in “Libros de Artista,” will lead an artist's book-making workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.