Mattea Roach, a self-described “lesbian, Nova Scotian, 12x [Jeopardy!] champ,” extended her impressive winning streak again last night, bringing her winning total to more than $270,000.
The 23-year-old Canadian clinched her latest win with a question about the online education subscription platform MasterClass, although she was the only contestant to make it into the Final Jeopardy round as both of her competitors failed to qualify. The victory added $26,400 to her winnings, bringing them to a grand total of $271,282.
She also became a part of Jeopardy! lore, as this win put her in the top 10 for the most consecutives game won in show history. “That’s a momentous milestone that’s been rarely achieved since we lifted the five-game limit back in 2003,” said co-host Ken Jennings. Roach has won 12 consecutive games. It also qualified her for a spot on the next Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.
It’s an impressive streak, especially for someone who entered the game show on a whim. The Toronto-based tutor told The Morning Show she initially applied because she was “bored,” and figured what did she have to lose? “The worst thing that happens is I don’t hear back, and the best thing that happens is maybe I got on the show, so there’s literally no downside to taking the test. Then I got the best possible outcome,’” she said.
By her second win, Roach had earned enough to pay off her student loans. “My student loan is paid off,” she told Jeopardy! co-host Mayim Bialik. She has further plans for her education. “That’s it. That’s it. I’m hoping to go back to school so like... there will be more... now I start from zero, yeah” she laughed. “Oh my god.
Roach returns tonight for the 13th time to defend her title.