“If I lose I had fun. Thank you all.”
that’s canadian Danger! contestant Mattea Roach wrote at the end of her Final Jeopardy! answer on Monday’s episode.
She didn’t lose.
Instead, Roach’s winning streak has now reached five games, moving her closer to an invitation to a future Tournament of Champions.
Roach, a 23-year-old from Halifax, won $12,600 on Monday’s episode. His total earnings over five days are now $117,200 USD, or just over $148,000 CAD.
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He entered the final danger! round in second place, but was the only contestant to correctly answer the clue about the 2021 Oxford Word of the Year.
The answer, by the way, was “vax”.
Roach graduated from Sacred Heart School in Halifax in 2015 and his family still lives in Halifax and Cape Breton. She now works as a tutor, based in Toronto.
During the interview portion of Monday’s episode, Roach talked about her Sacred Heart High School debate coach, Brian Casey, whom she credited with helping her reach her goal. Danger! milestone.
“And before we did any kind of big final round, he’d come up to me and my partner and say, ‘Okay, girls, it’s showtime.’ That’s what I was thinking last week before I came to play,” Roach said. “So I wanted to thank you.”
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In an interview with Global’s the morning show last week, she said she applied for the program online during the pandemic, because she was “bored” and wanted to give it a try.
“Like, the worst thing that happens is I don’t get a response, and the best thing that happens is I maybe got into the program, so there’s literally no downside to taking the test. So I got the best possible result,” she said.
The best possible outcome, so far, is the ability to pay off his student loans and the chance to appear in a future Tournament of Champions game.
According to the Danger! website, all players who are four or more winners are eligible to compete in the Tournament of Champions, but are not guaranteed to be invited.
Roach will return on Tuesday’s episode to defend her title as the returning champion.
The games were taped earlier this year in Los Angeles.
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