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Amy Schneider makes history as ‘Jeopardy!’ champ

Amy Schneider is now the queen of “Jeopardy!”

On Monday, Schneider won her 39th game, becoming No. 2 on the hit game show’s all-time consecutive wins list. The 42-year-old Oakland, California-based engineering manager has winnings that now total an eye-popping $1,319,800.

Ken Jennings, who is the only contestant in the show’s history to win more games than Schneider with 74 wins, has been hosting the show during Schneider’s winning streak. 

Schneider makes history as the most successful woman in the show’s history, the show’s first transgender contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions and the highest-performing transgender person in the show’s history.

Amu Schneider smiles while standing a "Jeopardy!" podium.
Amy Schneider wins big: “Jeopardy!” champ makes history.
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“I think that the best part for me has been being on TV, you know, as my true self, expressing myself and representing the entire community of trans people,” she told “Good Morning America.” “Just being, you know, a smart, confident woman and doing something super normal like being on ‘Jeopardy!’”

Ken Jennings and Amy Schneider stand side by side smiling under a "Jeopardy!" sign.
Ken Jennings, the only “Jeopardy!” champ ahead of Amy Schneider, has been the host during her winning streak.
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Schneider, who has also said that said her classmates voted her most likely to be a “Jeopardy!” contestant when she was in eighth grade, will now face off against Matt Amodio, who is No. 3 on the all-time wins list with a 38-game record, on Tuesday. 

“It still feels unreal,” said Schneider in a statement following her 39th win. “Knowing that I had this chance, I was definitely thinking about it. Then Ken said it, and I thought, ‘Alright, I just accomplished this huge thing’ and it was pretty great.”

As for what’s next? She told “GMA,” “I’m not sure, but I’m thinking about it. I’m like, you know, considering do I want to write a book? What other opportunities might be out there? I’m exploring that.”

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