‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Amy Schneider Talks ‘Great Feeling’ of Historic Streak

by Leanne Stahulak

Current “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider continues her groundbreaking run tonight as she tackles her 29th game.

Already, Schneider made history by becoming the woman with the most consecutive wins at 28. Now, she’s also become the fourth person to ever win over a million dollars on the show during regular season play. If she wins all her games this week, then she’ll overtake James Holzhauer’s previous record of 32 consecutive wins. And likely come close to surpassing Matt Amodio’s $1.5 million in winnings.

Earlier today, the official “Jeopardy!” Instagram page shared a behind-the-scenes clip of Schneider after she surpassed a million dollars. Guest host and ultimate champion Ken Jennings introduced her after the game with her new title

“Amy Schneider is an engineering manager and now a millionaire from Oakland, California,” Jennings said in the “Jeopardy!” clip. “It’s a weird moment. It seems like imaginary money out here. Have you had time to process it? You’re now a game show millionaire!”

“I guess not really,” Schneider replied. “A million is not a word I ever expected to be associated with me at all. And I think that… what felt more real was being good at the game. I’ve loved this game my whole life. And to be here, doing so well at it, that’s what is the great feeling right now. The money will feel great later.”

Jennings replied, “[The game is] its own reward, it comes first. The money, you don’t wanna turn that down either.”

Either way, you can tell that Schneider is having a blast on “Jeopardy!” When the game show posted the clip, they also captioned the post, “With 28 wins and $1,019,600 in total winnings, how far will Amy Schneider go?” It’s the question we’re all wondering.

‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Reveals What It’s Like Playing Against Amy Schneider

The current “Jeopardy” episodes airing right now were taped back in the fall, around November 2021. At the time, Matt Amodio had ended his incredible streak, leaving competitors like Terry Wolfisch Cole believing they’d missed having to go up against a super champion.

Unfortunately, Cole and the others were wrong. Amy Schenider had entered the playing field, and she was a force to be reckoned with. A few days before she taped her game, Cole explained that she sat in the audience to watch the others compete. When they announced Schneider’s accomplishments so far, Cole couldn’t believe it.

“We thought they were joking,” Cole told SFGATE. “[Former champion] Matt Amodio’s last episode aired between the time my cohort got the call and the time we went to the taping. So we thought we had really dodged a bullet… We didn’t yet know there was a champion among us, for all we knew, we thought we were all just new contestants. And then they did the first rehearsal round, and she burned through it like a flamethrower.”

Schneider admitted later that the questions were repeats. But she still played phenomenally well during the game against Cole, answering 29 correct and three incorrect questions.