Record-breaking Jeopardy! champion continues streak with over $1 million in wins
Jeopardy! contestant James Holzhauer managed to accomplish more in 14 days than most government officials. Hiyo!
After breaking the single-game winnings record not once, but twice, the professional gambler from Las Vegas now holds more than $1 million in total earnings after 14 appearances on the game show.
First, he won $110,914 in a single game on April 9, breaking the previous record of $77,000. Then he broke his own single-day record by winning $131,127 on April 17.
Holzhauer now maintains his total season winnings at $1,061,554.
That puts him in second place for highest winnings in regular-season play behind Jeopardy! Hall of Famer Ken Jennings, who holds that record with $2,520,700. Brad Rutter then holds the record for all-time winnings (including tournaments) with $4,688,440.
“My goal was just to be less nervous than the other players,” Holzhauer told the Associated Press. “Whenever I felt overwhelmed, I snapped my fingers three times and pictured a fun snow festival with my daughter.”