In the end, it was one dollar and proof of two American mayors that ended the Canadian Danger! Champion Mattia Roach’s stunning streak 23 games.
On Friday, Roach lost her 24th game by a dollar to Daniel Maurer, director of digital marketing from Georgia, after being baffled by Final Jeopardy.
Roach finished the match with $15,599, while Maurer—appearing surprised by her light win— finished with $15,600.
“It’s still like a dream,” Roach said in a press release from the Continuing Competitions Show.
“I really came here hoping to win maybe one game, and so I still can’t believe it. You know, it’s weird, obviously I didn’t show up in the last game, but I still feel very happy and lucky to have had this experience” .
Roach, 23, quit the game with $560,983 or roughly C$722,498.
Jeopardy stumper final
The Toronto-based teacher was up front heading into the Final Jeopardy Tour with $19,200. Maurer came after him with $11,400, while the third contestant, COO Betsy Hobbs, took home $7,400.
The final clue was: “These two mayors gave their names to a facility built on the site of an old racetrack owned by Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler.”
Maurer answered correctly to William Hartsfield and Maynard Jackson. Neither Hobbs nor Roach knew the correct answer.
“It all comes down to the final bet. Did you bet more than $3,600?” asked host Ken Jennings Roach as she pretended to wipe a tear from her face and turned around smiling at the new hero.
Hartsfield, as Jennings notes, is the namesake of Atlanta’s airport in Maurer State.
“Obviously not that hard for a Georgia citizen,” Jennings said, quickly adding that questions are written months in advance and are randomly assigned.
The Roach holds the title for the longest track of any Canadian on the show.
Fans across the country have been wooing Roach throughout her journey, with many showing their support on social media and fighting over the city she calls “home” – Toronto or Halifax?
Roach’s answer? Both. While she spent her early years in Nova Scotia and considers it her home, Roach said she became deeply attached to Toronto later in her life.
Earlier in the week, she received a shout-out in the House of Commons by Halifax MP Andy Fillmore. Her university, the University of Toronto, also bragged about her wins and her time at school.
In the Marion Bridge community on Cape Breton Island, Roach’s aunt and uncle regularly updated signs outside the grocery store to show support for Danger! hero.
When I got home, I had to pay a visit to some of my early supporters! pic.twitter.com/cOJw8ehi6L
There are no words
With 23 wins under her belt, Roach is fifth on both the all-time back-to-back games list and the highest earning list in the regular season. Only Jennings, Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio and James Holzhauer have won more games or money during their time on the show.
“When I think about the caliber of these four guys, I don’t really feel like I deserve to be mentioned at the same time as I honestly do,” Roach said.
“And there’s a noticeable financial gap between my money and theirs, but it’s an amazing accomplishment. Like, I can’t believe it. It’s such an honor to talk about it in relation to people like Kane and James and Matt, Amy. It’s awesome. No words.”
Roach will return to play in Danger! Champions League this fall.