Matt Amodio, a Ph.D. student from Connecticut, became the third person in Jeopardy! history Friday to earn more than a million dollars on standard-format episodes of the game show.
Amodio won his 28th consecutive game Friday and added $48,800 to his previous winnings of $955,201.
He still trails James Holzhauer, who won $2.4 million in a 32-consecutive game win streak in 2019, and Jennings, who pocketed $2.5 million from a 74-consecutive win streak in 2004.
Including Jeopardy! tournaments, Armodio is currently fourth in all-time winnings behind Jennings, Holzhauer and Brad Rutter, who has won $4.9 million.
“This was beyond my wildest dreams going in,” Amodio said. “I knew it was a possibility, but I thought it was a very remote possibility, and to have it actually happen is unbelievable.”
Jeopardy!’s 38th season has been hosted by actress Mayim Bialik, who will alternate with Jennings for the rest of the year, following the controversial exit of the show’s producer, Mike Richards. Richards only hosted the show for one day before stepping down, after offensive comments he made on a podcast years ago were unearthed. Those episodes aired the first week when the new season began on September 13. Despite the hosting chaos, Amodio, who began his run on the show in July, told the Washington Post that he is staying focused and is ”tremendously grateful for the opportunity the show has given me.” Amodio ended last season with 18 consecutive wins and over $574,000.
Jennings, Holzhauer and Rutter all currently star in the ABC quiz game show The Chase, in which they have alternated taking on a team of three other contestants in a trivia showdown..