Amy Schneider clinches second-longest Jeopardy! winning streak

Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Reigning Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider now holds the second-longest winning streak in the quiz show's history with her 39th consecutive victory on Monday's episode.

Schneider overtook the previous record-holder Matt Amodio with the win and has amassed $1,319,800 in total winnings, more than any other woman in the show's history.


Ken Jennings currently holds the records for most consecutive wins at 74 and highest winnings at $2,520,700. Schneider ranks fourth in overall winnings behind Jennings, James Holzhauer and Amodio.

Schneider, a 42-year-old engineering manager who is transgender, discussed her success with Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos earlier Monday.

"I never expected to do this well, but I think the main secret is just being curious and spending my life learning a lot of stuff," Schneider said.

Schneider said Jennings advised her to relax, have fun and enjoy the moment. She also discussed the best part of her experience on Jeopardy!.


"I think that the best part for me has been being on TV, you know, as my true self, expressing myself and representing the entire community of trans people," she said.

Throughout her run, she has answered 95% of her questions correctly and has buzzed in first 73% of the time, according to stats tracked by Jeopardy!

Schneider's winning streak has resulted in high television ratings for Jeopardy!, as the game show was the highest-rated non-sports program across broadcast and cable television for the week of Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, Entertainment Weekly reports. Each episode averages 9.7 million viewers.

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