‘Jeopardy!’: New Champ From Nova Scotia Notches Seventh Win, Racks Up Massive Winnings

by Leanne Stahulak
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The latest “Jeopardy!” champ Mattea Roach, from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, is on a roll with her seventh straight win on the game show.

Roach is originally from Nova Scotia, but now she works as a tutor in Toronto, Ontario. The 23-year-old has racked up $168,401 over the course of her seven wins, and tonight she tries for an eighth win.

Roach won big last night, walking away with $20,401 per the “Jeopardy!” box scores. So far during her run, Roach boasts an accuracy rate of 94%, a Daily Double accuracy rate of 88%, and a “Final Jeopardy!” accuracy rate of 86%.

Given the number of wins and money she’s racked up, Roach has also inched her way up the Tournament of Champions track leaderboard. You have to win at least four or five games to be eligible for the Tournament, but not everyone will be asked to compete. Now that Roach sits near the top, there’s a high chance she’ll be selected. Especially if she continues winning games this week.

Currently, two other contestants have won seven games: Courtney Shah and Brian Chang. But they’ve both earned less money in seven games than Roach, which gives her an edge. The only contestants ahead of the 23-year-old are Jonathan Fisher, who won 11 games, and then two “Jeopardy!” legends.

Matt Amodio won 38 games and $1.5 million earlier this season. He was soon followed up by Amy Schneider, who won 40 games and earned$1.3 million.

New ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Mattea Roach Talks Eligibility for Tournament of Champions

After she won five games, “Jeopardy!” champ Mattea Roach learned that she would be eligible for the Tournament of Champions. The producers spoke with Roach in a behind-the-scenes video about what this honor means to her.

“It feels wild,” Roach said. “After the fourth game, I was thinking, ‘I really want to be in that TOC.’ Especially with the incredible season, and all the amazing streaks and fantastic players that have been on. It’s a huge honor to know that I’ll be able to compete alongside some of the best.”

The best include Amodio and Schneider. When thinking about competing against them, Roach said, “I will probably lose to them. But it will be an honor to lose to them. I’ll try my best, but, I don’t know, 40 and 38, that streak is a long way away.”

It doesn’t mean Roach won’t catch up eventually, though. She’s already proven to be a tough competitor on the “Jeopardy!” stage, both pulling out last-minute wins and compiling runaway leads. But at the end of the day, she’s happy to be able to play and represent her home.

“To be a Canadian on Jeopardy! is always very special. Alex Trebek’s legacy is such a big part of the show,” Roach said. “So, yeah, I’m just glad that I’m putting on a good show for all the folks back up North.”

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