Jan 8, 2022 - Sports

Amy Schneider becomes first woman to win $1 million on “Jeopardy!”

Amy Schneider.
Amy Schneider. Photo: Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via AP

“Jeopardy!” contestant Amy Schneider became the first woman in the history of the game show to surpass $1 million in winnings, doing so in her 28th episode of the show.

The big picture: Schneider is the fourth person in "Jeopardy!" history to take home more than $1 million. After winning $42,200 on Friday, her total tally is $1,019,001.

  • Schneider made history in December as the first transgender contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions.
  • The 42-year-old software engineering manager grew up watching the game show at home and was voted most likely to appear on “Jeopardy!” in eighth grade, per the New York Times.
  • “It’s not a sum of money I ever anticipated would be associated with my name,” Schneider told the Times.

Of note: The highest-earning contestant to play "Jeopardy!" is Ken Jennings, who earned a record $2.5 million in 2004 with a 74-game run.

What's next: Schneider's next “Jeopardy!” game will air on Jan. 10.

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