Matt Amodio, a doctoral student from New Haven, Connecticut, became the third person of “Jeopardy!” history of winning over a million dollars in non-tournament play.
On Friday’s episode, Amodio’s 28th win brought his total winnings to $ 1,004,001. He made $ 48,800 on today’s show which took him to over $ 1 million.
The only other contestants to have won over $ 1 million in regular season games are Ken Jennings, whose 74-game streak grossed $ 2,520,700, and James Holzhauer, who earned $ 2,462,216 during 32 wins.
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“It was beyond my wildest dreams,” Amodio said. “I knew it was a possibility, but I thought it was a very distant possibility, and that it actually happens is incredible.”
Amodio’s next change to increase participation comes on Monday.