Canada “Jeopardy!” champion Mattea Roach is now into its second week as champions returning from a long-running game event.
Roach, a 23-year-old tutor from Nova Scotia who now lives in Toronto, won his eighth straight game on Thursday, bringing his total to $182,801 and counting.
Roach told CTV’s Your Morning that he studied old episodes of the show to learn some tricks to success.
“I saw archived copies of the last two games [to] three years to feel what subject matter often appears, how the author gives a little hint,” he said.
Roach first signed up to appear on the show in 2020 and got a call to record in January. He didn’t plan on telling his family about the winning streak, but his phone package came as a surprise, as his parents paid the bills.
“I was like: ‘Oh my gosh, I have to tell them because they’re going to see there’s a lot more roaming charges than they expected,’ he said.
Phil Roach, Mattea’s father, said he was happy the phone bill leaked his daughter’s secret.
“I don’t know how I’m going to make it through every show if I don’t know a little bit about what’s to come, but we certainly swear to secrecy,” he said.
Roach intends to use the money to pay off his student loans and continue his education. He also planned a vacation to Portugal and invested whatever was left.
As the winner of more than four matches, Roach qualifies for the upcoming Champions Tournament.
Roach staked his record on Friday, when he fought Katie Teller, a nutritionist from Seattle and Allan Joseph, a fellow in pediatric critical care medicine from Pittsburgh.
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