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As returning champion, a Canadian ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant enters the second week

A Canadian 'Jeopardy!' contestant begins the second week as the reigning champion.

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  • Mattea Roach, the returning champion of the long-running Canadian game show “Jeopardy!” is currently in her second week as the show’s winner.

Mattea Roach, the returning champion of the long-running game show “Jeopardy!” from Canada, is now in her second week as the show’s champion.

On Thursday, Roach, a 23-year-old instructor from Nova Scotia who now lives in Toronto, won her eighth straight match, increasing her total winnings to US$182,801 and counting.

Roach told CTV’s Your Morning that she has been studying earlier show episodes to learn some success tips.

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“I looked at archival copies of games over the last two to three years to get a sense of what kinds of subject matter frequently and how the writers include subtle hints in the clues,” she explained.

Roach applied to come on the show in 2020 and was invited to tape in January. She had no intention of informing her family about her winning streak, but her phone plan revealed the secret while her parents were paying the bill.

“I was thinking, ‘Oh shoot, I’m going to be telling them because they’re going to realize there are higher roaming charges than they planned,” she explained.

Mattea’s father, Phil Roach, said he’s delighted the phone bill revealed her daughter’s secret.

A Canadian 'Jeopardy!' contestant begins the second week as the reigning champion.
A Canadian ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant begins the second week as the reigning champion. Image from CTV News

“I’m not sure how I’d get through each show if I didn’t know a little bit about what would happen,” he said. “Of course, we’re sworn to secrecy.”

Roach plans to put the money toward paying off her student loan and continuing her study. She also intends to take a vacation to Portugal and invest the remainder.

Roach is qualified for an upcoming Tournament of Champions after winning more than four matches.

On Friday, Roach will face Katie Teller, a dietitian from Seattle, and Allan Joseph, a fellow in pediatric critical care medicine from Pittsburgh, to see if she can continue her winning streak.

Source: CTV News

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