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Fifth Most Winners “Danger!” The champion saw her streak in 23 matches finish on Friday after answering a Final Jeopardy question incorrectly, after which she lost the match by just $1.
Mattia Roach, teacher from Toronto, CanadaOver the course of her winning streak, she has won $560,983.
As the final round of Friday’s game approached, Roach was ahead with $19,200 and bet $3,001 on the Final Jeopardy question.
The question was posed to the two mayors who gave their names to a facility built on the site of an old racetrack owned by Coca-Cola mogul Asa Candler.
Roach had guessed, “Who are Churchill and Downs? I wonder.”
The correct answer was: “Who are William Hartsfield and Maynard Jackson?”
Fellow contestant Danielle Maurer, Marketing Director of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, entered the final round with only $11,400 but answered the question correctly and bet $4,200 to win the match, defeating Roach by a margin of $15,600 to $15.599.
“It’s still like a dream,” Roach said. “I really came here hoping to win one game, and so I still can’t believe it. You know, oddly enough, obviously I didn’t show up in the last game, but I still felt very happy and very lucky that this experience was.”
Roach, 23, is one of five contestants in game show history to have won 23 or more games in a row, although it came well short of the 74-game record set by Ken Jennings in 2004. She is fifth all-time in both Money and back-to-back matches they won, behind only Jennings, James Holzhauer, Amy Schneider and Matt Amodio.
“When I think about the caliber of these four guys, I don’t really feel like I deserve to be mentioned at the same time as I honestly do,” Roach said.
She continued, “There is a noticeable financial gap between my money and theirs, but it is an amazing achievement.” “Like, I can’t believe it. It’s such a great honor to be talking about in relation to people like Kane and James and Matt and Amy. It’s awesome. No words.”
Roach will return to Jeopardy in the fall to compete in the Game Show’s Tournament of Champions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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