Mattea Roach wins 23rd 'Jeopardy!' match; winnings hit US$560K

A 23-year-old "Jeopardy!" champion won her 23rd match on the popular trivia game show Thursday night.

Mattea Roach earned more than US$25,000, bringing her career winnings on the show to more than US$560,000.

During Thursday’s match, Roach attempted to buzz in 41 times and was successful 26 times for an average of 63 per cent.

She gave the right answer 24 times for a correct response rate of 89 per cent.

The match came down to the wire in "Final Jeopardy!" with the category "20th-Century Cinema."

Roach bet all but $1 of her $13,000 earnings and was correct, beating out the other contestants.

During Thursday’s match, Roach competed against T.J. Lovejoy, a mortgage lender from Arizona, and Sarah Snider, a teacher from Indiana.

Throughout her tenure on the show, Roach has answered 92 per cent of questions correctly in regular play and 74 per cent of questions correctly during "Final Jeopardy!"

The tutor currently lives in Toronto, but is originally from Nova Scotia. She grew up in Halifax and has also lived in Moncton, N.B.

Roach created buzz in her home province Thursday when she tweeted that she was in Cape Breton, where her parents are from.

Back in the homeland so I had to pay a visit to some of my earliest hardcore supporters! pic.twitter.com/cOJw8ehi6L

— Mattea Roach (@mattearoach) May 5, 2022

During Thursday’s show, Roach gave a shout-out to Cape Breton, which she calls her favourite place in Canada.

"My mom grew up like a 10-minute drive from this national park in Ingonish. My grandparents still live there, so I've been lucky enough to get to visit the, you know, just beautiful, beautiful scenery there."

She adds she has been lucky enough to visit the area about once or twice a year.

Roach first applied to be on the long-running game show in 2020. This January, she was invited to Los Angeles to tape an episode.