Amy Schneider continued to break “Jeopardy!” records with her 28th win on Friday night, becoming the first woman in the show’s history to win more than $ 1 million in prize pools. Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California, is one of only four people to ever break the $ 1 million mark on Q&A in the regular season game.
AsAt the end of last year, Schneider won more games and more money than any other female contestant in the show’s history. Only three other contestants – Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer and Matt Amodio – have won more games and more money in the regular season.
When Jennings, who will co-host the show for the rest of the season, asked how it felt to be a “Jeopardy!” millionaire, she simply replied, “pretty good.”
Schneider’s earnings now stand at $ 1,019,600, after taking home $ 42,200 on Friday night. She is still nowhere near third place for Amodio when it comes to earnings (she ended her streak at $ 1,518,601), but she could top Holzhauer’s 32 wins in the next few days.
Schneider also broke records last year when she became the first transgender contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions. In November, she tweeted about why she had chosen to wear a trans flag pin on the show.
“The fact is, I don’t actually think about being trans that often, so when I was appearing on national television, I wanted to represent that part of my identity accurately – as important, but also relatively minor,” she wrote. “But I also didn’t want to make it sound like this was some kind of shameful secret. While it’s gratifying to know that people didn’t necessarily know I was trans until they read it, I do want people to know that aspect of me. I think! that being trans is great! ”