‘Jeopardy!’: Matt Amodio Enters Top 5 All-Time Contestants in Money Won on Show

by Josh Lanier

Matt Amodio elbowed his way into the hearts of Jeopardy! fans and guest-hosts alike during his 13-game win streak. But now he is in the show’s record books after his win Friday.

Amodio’s $430,200 in winnings during his streak on the show is the fifth-highest total ever won during regular-season play. Jeopardy! made sure to acknowledge the achievement with a tweet.

“I have no words to describe how incredible this has been… thank you, #Jeopardy for making all this possible!” he replied.

That’s not too bad for the Yale computer science Ph.D. who only applied for the show after his parents pushed him to take Jeopardy! online test.

The 30-year-old said he already knows how he’s going to spend that money, as well.

“I’ve never actually owned the ground that I stand on before, and real estate can be a very good investment, so I think that might be where I go,” he told Jeopardy! guest host David Faber Tuesday.

Though, the money comes second for him.

“I’m in it for the bragging rights,” he told the Hartford Courant.

Amodio pushed Julia Collins, who earned $428,100 on Jeopardy!, out of the fifth-place spot. Though her 20-day winning streak remains third-best in the show’s history, Newsweek said. Amodio also has a mind-boggling 89 percent correct answer rate, according to The Jeopardy! Fan blog. Out of the 385 questions he’s answered, he’s gotten 342 correct.

Amodio will also be the first contestant this season who will play under four different guest hosts. He already played under Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, and David Faber. He’ll hope to continue his run of wins on Monday with a new guest host Joe Buck, sportscaster and broadcasting legend.

What Did Alex Trebek Want In Next ‘Jeopardy Host?

According to Variety, Jeopardy! Executive Producer Mike Richards is the most likely choice to replace Alex Trebek next season as the show’s full-time host.

Fans have had a lot to say on the matter, but before his tragic death late last year to pancreatic cancer, Alex Trebek had someone else in mind for who should succeed him.

Trebek told TMZ in 2018 that he’d like to see CNN anchor Laura Coates take over his position. Coates also serves as a legal analyst for the network. Trebek said he was impressed with her knowledge, and added that he was impressed with her education.

Coates has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. Then in 2005, Coates received her Juris Doctor at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Coates tweeted at the time that she was “honored & humbled” that Trebek even knew who she was.

“Incredibly honored & humbled @Jeopardy Alex Trebek 1) knows who I am 2) thinks I’d be a great host of my fave game show ever that I grew up watching w/ my family & still watch w/ my own kids (who saw him say this & now think I’m a genius) #Dying.”