Amy Schneider continued to smash “Jeopardy!” records with her 28th win on Friday night, becoming the first woman in the series’ history to win more than $ 1 million in cumulative prizes. Schneider, a technical director from Oakland, Calif., Is one of four people to ever break the million dollar mark in the regular season quiz.
BecauseAt the end of last year, Schneider had won more games and more money than any candidate in the history of the series. Only three other contenders – Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer and Matt Amodio – have won more games and more money in the regular season.
Asked by Jennings, who co-hosts the show for the remainder of the season, what it was like to be a “Jeopardy!” millionaire, she simply replied, “pretty well.”
Schneider’s winnings now stand at $ 1,019,600, having won $ 42,200 on Friday night. She’s not yet close to third-place Amodio when it comes to payouts – he finished his streak at $ 1,518,601 – but she could surpass Holzhauer’s 32 wins in the coming days.
Schneider also broke records last year when she became the first transgender candidate to qualify for the Tournament of Champions. In November, she tweeted why she chose to wear a trans flag pin on the show.
“The point is, I don’t often think about being trans, and so when I appear on national television, I wanted to accurately represent that part of my identity: as important, but also relatively minor,” a- she writes. “But I didn’t want it to sound like some kind of a shameful secret, either. Although it was gratifying to know that people didn’t necessarily know I was trans until I was trans. they read about it, i want people to know this side of me. I think being trans is really cool! ”