Amy Schneider continues to break new ground on “Jeopardy!”
On Friday, the 42-year-old software engineering manager from California became the first woman in the history of the long-running game show to surpass $1 million in earnings during regular-season play, The New York Times reported.
Friday’s victory was the 28th straight for the Ohio native, who lives in Oakland. She has won $1,019,001 overall, People reported.
“It’s not a sum of money I ever anticipated would be associated with my name,” Schneider said in a news release.
The other contestants to win more than $1 million are Ken Jennings, who had 74 wins and $2,520,700 in 2004; James Holzhauer, with 32 wins and $2,462,216 in 2019; and Matt Amodio, who earned $1,518,601 during a 38-game streak last year, People reported.
Five games into her streak, Schneider became the first transgender contestant to qualify for the show’s annual Tournament of Champions, the magazine reported.
“To be good at ‘Jeopardy!’ you just have to live a life where you’re learning stuff all the time,” Schneider said in a news release.
She became the highest-earning female contender last month when she passed Larissa Kelly’s previous mark. Schneider also has the most consecutive victories for a female contestant, People reported.
Schneider, who grew up watching “Jeopardy!” at home with her parents and in eighth grade was voted most likely to appear on the show, the Times reported.
Scheider’s next game will be aired on Monday, CNN reported.
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