Stephanie Jass of Milan sees her 'Jeopardy!' streak come to an end
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Note: this post has been corrected; the "Final Jeopardy" clue initially had a word missing.
Jass left the game after seven consecutive victories—the only woman ever to accomplish that—and total winnings of $147,570. That puts her among the top 15 all-time winners.
Jass largely performed well enough to win again. After the first round she was in the lead, $6,400 ro $2,600 for her second-place competitor. At the end of "Double Jeopardy," she led $16,400 to $9,000—but that gap was small enough to allow her competition an opening.
The "Final Jeopardy" category was Countries and Populations. The clue read, "If it were a nation, a state with a two-word name in this country would be the world's sixth most populous, with two hundred million."
The correct response was "What is India?," and the second-place challenger came up with it. She had wagered $7,000, taking her total to $16,000.
Jass incorrectly responded "What is Outer Mongolia?," and her $2,400 wager took her down to $14,000 for the day and her first second-place finish in eight tries.
“The money seems imaginary at this point!” Jass said in a press release issued by the show Wednesday evening. “It was unbelievable to see the numbers get bigger and bigger on screen.”
"Jeopardy!" fans very likely have not seen the last of Jass, however. The show periodically runs a "Tournament of Champions," and with a Top 15 all-time finish, it seems very likely that she'll be invited back.
Want to hear directly from the champ? Our friends at the Jackson Citizen Patriot are conducting an live online chat with Jass on Thursday; find the details here.