'Jeopardy!' champ Matt Amodio breaks $1M mark

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Who has won a million dollars on Jeopardy?

Matt Amodio wins a million dollars on Jeopardy! EW.comJeopardy champ Matt Amodio crosses $1 million mark, third in history | EW.com

Where is Matt Amodio from?

Amodio, a Ph.D. student from Connecticut, hit the milestone after winning $48,800 during his 28th episode. As of that game, he has collected $1,004,001 in total winnings. KABC-TV'Jeopardy!' contestant Matt Amodio passes $1 million in winnings

Jeopardy! champion becomes 3rd to win $1 million

The Week Magazine 25 September, 2021 - 06:20am

What is ... Jeopardy! history? 

Jeopardy! champion Matt Amodio, a PhD student, continued his dominant run Friday by pulling off a feat only two other players have in the quiz show's history: winning more than $1 million during regular-season play. 

After another big victory during his latest game, Amodio has now won a total of $1,004,001 during his 28-day run on the show. In the history of Jeopardy!, only two other players have won more than $1 million, not counting money earned in tournaments: James Holzhauer, who won $2,462,216 in 2019, and Ken Jennings, who won $2,520,700 in 2004. Brad Rutter has also won a total of $4,938,436 on Jeopardy!, making him the top-earning player ever, but this includes money from tournaments. 

Amodio had already made plenty of history on Jeopardy! in recent weeks. Since August, he has been the third-highest earning player ever in regular-season play, and he's also ranked third in most consecutive games won behind only Holzhauer, who won 32 straight games, and Jennings, who won 74 straight games. His historic run comes amid a tumultuous time for the show, which has still yet to announce a permanent daily host after executive producer Mike Richards resigned from that position amid controversy over a resurfaced podcast. Mayim Bialik has since stepped behind the lectern. Still, Amodio told The Washington Post, "Frankly, the last thing I'm thinking about when I'm in the middle of a game is who's hosting." 

Amodio has a chance to make history again soon, as he's just five wins away from passing Holzhauer's famous 32-day winning streak and becoming the second-highest ranked player ever in consecutive games won behind Jennings. And if he keeps the winning streak going through November, the show may find itself with not one, but two Jeopardy! legends on stage at one time, as Jennings himself is set to start guest hosting later this year. 

‘Jeopardy!’ player becomes just the third person in history to win $1 million

PennLive 24 September, 2021 - 06:35pm

Matt Amadio on Sept. 24 became only the third person to win $1 million on "Jeopardy!" in regular-season play.

Matt Amadio, a Ph.D. student from New Haven, Connecticut, tonight made history as only the third person to ever win $1 million on the game show “Jeopardy!”

His winnings stand at $1,004,001 in 28 games. Those winnings rank third in non-tournament play.

The only other contestants to win more than $1 million in regular-season games are Ken Jennings, whose 74-game streak yielded $2,520,700, and James Holzhauer, who earned $2,462,216 over the course of 32 victories, according to Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“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!” airs on CBS at 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. ET in most areas.

Jennings in 2020 was named “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” and joined the show as a consulting producer the same year.

On Sept. 16 of this year, Jennings and actress Mayim Bialik were named by Sony to host “Jeopardy!” through the end of the year after weeks of controversy.

Bialik began hosting on Sept. 20 and will continue through Nov. 5. After that, Sony said, Bialik and Jennings will split hosting duties as their schedules allow through the end of the calendar year.

“Bialik, an acclaimed actress, author, host, and neuroscientist, who is well-known for her award-winning role on ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ was a fan-favorite during her two-week tenure as guest host in May and June.

Jennings also served as a guest host early this year.

A series of guest hosts were used after episodes taped by the late Alex Trebek were aired. Jennings was the first guest host followed by former show executive producer Mike Richards.

On Aug. 11, Bialik and Richards had been named on Aug. 11 as co-hosts - Richards as the full-time host of the syndicated program and Bialik as the host of primetime and spinoff series including the upcoming all-new “Jeopardy! National College Championship” on ABC next year.

Richards then resigned after offensive comments he made on a podcast years ago resurfaced.

Richards was let go as executive producer of both “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” in late August.

Ken Jennings appears at the 2020 ABC Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 8, 2020, left, and actress Mayim Bialik appears at the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., on Jan. 11, 2018. Jennings and Bialik will split “Jeopardy!” hosting duties for the remainder of the game show’s 38th season. (AP Photo)AP

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