‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Mattea Roach’s Run Finally Comes to an End After 23 Straight Wins

by Joe Rutland

It is the end of the road for Jeopardy! champ Mattea Roach as the Canadian tutor sees her run of victories end at 23 straight on Friday. She leaves with $560,983 in winnings as Danielle Maurer beat her by a single dollar in Final Jeopardy! on Friday.

‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Mattea Roach Comes Up One Dollar Short

Maurer finished in first place with $15,600, beating out Roach’s $15,599 total. “It feels still kind of like a dream,” Roach said in a statement after the game ended. “I really came down here hoping to maybe win one game and so I still can’t believe it. You know, it’s strange, obviously, I didn’t come through in the last one, but I still feel so happy and so lucky to have had this experience.”

Roach’s misstep in the latest game was wagering $3,601 during Final Jeopardy!, which she did not answer correctly. She had been in the lead with $19,200. Maurer wagered $4,200 of her $11,400 total heading into Final Jeopardy! and beat Roach with her correct answer. The Final Jeopardy! category was “USA” and the clue read: “These 2 Mayors gave their names to a facility built on the site of an old racetrack owned by Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler.” The correct response to the clue? “Who are William Hartsfield & Maynard Jackson?” We get more from TV Insider.

Results Place Her At No. 5 For All-Time Consecutive Games List

Currently, Roach’s 23 wins and $560,983 prize places her at number five on both the all-time consecutive games list and the all-time highest regular-season winnings list. She will have the option of taking part in the Tournament of Champions.

“When I think of the caliber of those four players, I really don’t feel like I deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as them to be honest,” Roach said. “And there’s a noticeable financial gap between my money and theirs, but it’s an amazing accomplishment. Like, I can’t believe it. It’s such a huge honor that I am being spoken of in relation to people like Ken, James, Matt, Amy. It’s, wow. There’s no words.”

She also has opened up about her divisive strategy on the show. “I looked at the other contestants if they got a Daily Double or if they were telling their anecdotes,” Roach said in an earlier interview. “During the game, I was only looking at the board. Didn’t pay attention to what anyone else was saying other than if someone else responded to a clue incorrectly.

“The notion of my comments being distracting either to the viewers or the players, I was like, Huh? You don’t have time to think about weird mind games. If I say this, will it throw somebody else off?” she said.