'Jeopardy!' star Amy Schneider declares she wants to smash new records

Jeopardy! contestant Amy Schneider
'Jeopardy!' contestant Amy Schneider has made show history. (Image credit: Sony Pictures )

Jeopardy! has once again gone down in quiz show history for making another contestant a millionaire... but Friday's winner Amy Schneider says she isn't done breaking records yet! 

Amy, an engineering manager in Oakland, California, is already the highest-earning female contestant in Jeopardy! history and the woman with the longest winning streak after getting 2022 off to a cracking start when she flew past the million-dollar mark on the show last week. 

On Friday (Jan. 7) she became the fourth person to win a million on the quiz show, collecting $1.02 million in 28 victories and cementing her place in the Jeopardy million-dollar winners list along with former contestants Ken Jennings who won $2.5 million, James Holzhauer, who took home $2.46 million, and Matt Amodio who previously won $1.52 million.  

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The first competitor to achieve this amazing milestone is Ken Jennings, who fans will know is now co-hosting  Jeopardy! alongside actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik. Ken congratulated Schneider following her 28th victory on the episode, sharing the news of Amy's victory with his social media followers...

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Speaking of her win, Amy said in a statement: "It feels amazing, it feels strange. It's not a sum of money I ever anticipated would be associated with my name."

Schneider, who is also the first trans person to qualify for the tournament of champions, will compete again on the show today, and has admitted she plans to add to her winnings as she makes a bid to break more show records.

Fans have loved watching Amy throughout her winning streak on the game show, especially because she also gives running commentary on each episode after it airs on her Twitter page, something that her followers have enjoyed.

Ahead of today's show, Amy told her social media followers: "I'll be back in 12 hours or so, this time with a new quest in sight: catching James Holzhauer for third-longest streak all time. That quest starts tomorrow, see you then!"

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Can Amy keep her winning streak going today? Tune in today to find out! 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 


After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off


She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 


As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.