Last “Jeopardy!” mega-champ’s winning streak snapped at 23

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest longtime “Jeopardy!” saw his winning streak end at 23 – by just one dollar.

Mattea Roach, a tutor from Toronto, won $560,983 on his game show run. She has one of the five longest winning streaks in “Jeopardy!” history, but did not come close to Ken Jennings’ record of 74 consecutive victories.

Danielle Maurer, marketing manager for Peachtree Corners, Georgia, beat Roach on Friday’s show by a margin of $15,600 to $15,599.

Unlike his penultimate game, Roach addressed the final question with his head on Friday. But the Final Jeopardy question was about the name of the Atlanta airport, right next to where Maurer lived.

The category was USA, and the clue was: “These two mayors gave their name to a facility built on the site of a former racetrack owned by Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler.”

The correct answer was: “Who are William Hartsfield and Maynard Jackson?”

Roach was wrong, Maurer was right, and she bet enough to win.

“It still feels like a dream,” Roach said. “I really came here hoping maybe to win a game and I still can’t believe it. You know, it’s strange, obviously I didn’t make it in the last one, but I still feel so happy and lucky to have had this experience.

Roach will return this fall to compete in the game show Tournament of Champions. Among his challengers will be Matt Amodio and Amy Schneider, who are also in the “Jeopardy!” among the five longest winning streaks for their work this year.

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