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Lesbian Jeopardy! champ Mattea Roach hits rare milestone as she extends winning streak

Nola Ojomu April 22, 2022
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Jeopardy! champion Mattea Roach

Jeopardy! champ Mattea Roach (Twitter/Jeopardy!)

Jeopardy! contestant Mattea Roach just won her 13th consecutive game, earning her a coveted spot in the upcoming Tournament of Champions.

The 23-year-old has been blazing an impressive trail on the iconic game show, racking up $286,081 (£222,314) in winnings so far.

Indeed, the lesbian champ has begun to make headlines after her recent wins landed her on the top-10 list of consecutive games won on the syndicated programme.

The tutor from Toronto also delighted viewers on April 20 after she became a “Solo Final Round” player after her two fellow contestants ended the first two rounds with negative cash balances.

The rare feat should come as no surprise to fans of the show as Roach’s impressive knowledge of topics means she has a 88% Daily Double accuracy rating coupled with a 93% clue response accuracy rating.

Roach becomes the latest openly LGBT+ to find success on the show after trans icon Amy Schneider racked up nearly $1.4 million (£1 million) in prize money during her 40-game reign.

She made Jeopardy! history as the first woman to break $1 million and also became the first trans person to ever qualify for the Tournament of Champions – meaning she will return to screens later this year alongside Roach.

In a clip from the show, Roach weighed on her current success as she gushed: “This has been such a crazy season of streaks. I was fully thinking, ‘You know, Amy might still be here. If it’s not Amy, there’s going to be some other super-champion that’s just going to knock me out game one.’

“And then, I guess what I didn’t realise is maybe I could become the super champion I wanted to see in the world.”

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