'Unbelievable to me': Mattea Roach takes 21st 'Jeopardy!' win Tuesday

Nova Scotia's "Jeopardy!" champion Mattea Roach won her 21st game Tuesday night.

The 23-year-old tutor, who grew up with a fascination for atlases, is no longer tied for fifth place with Julia Collins for the most consecutive games won on the show. In fact, she holds that place all to herself now.

Tuesday's "Final Jeopardy!" happened to feature a clue about Canada's national anthem and Roach was quick to scribble the correct answer.

Roach wagered $4,999, and won an additional $29,599 Tuesday, upping her total earnings to US$506,584.

In an interview with CTV News, Roach said she still isn't sure exactly what she will do with earnings, however, she has a few ideas.

"My hope is that I'll be able to invest the majority of it and then look at, you know, either setting myself up either to go to graduate school, professional school, without really taking on more debt," she told Chief Anchor Todd Battis on Tuesday.

Answering the question many of her viewers are wondering, Roach says, despite not knowing what her future has in store, law school is a strong possibility for her next venture.

"But I'm not committing to anything just yet," she adds.

She faced off against Angela Kissner, an educational consultant from Ohio and Envir Casimir, a history teacher from California.

According to the "Jeopardy!" daily box score, Roach attempted to buzz in 38 times and was successful 33 times, for a success rate of 87 per cent.

She had 31 correct responses, for a correct rate of 89 per cent in regular play.

Throughout Roach's 21 appearances on the show, she has answered 92 per cent of questions correctly.

Roach's fan club has grown rapidly throughout the Maritimes, which she says she noticed even before her first game aired.

"Without having seen me play one game, imagine how people are going to react to when I get up to, you know, 20 wins," said Roach.

Roach, who is originally from Halifax but now lives in Toronto, first applied to be on the long-running game show in 2020. This January, she was invited to Los Angeles to tape an episode.

"The fact that I was then so successful is still, like, unbelievable to me," she said.

Roach will attempt her 22nd win Wednesday night.