'Jeopardy!' Contestant James Holzhauer Passes $1 Million Mark in Winnings
Reigning Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer has reached a cash total of $1,061,554 over the course of 14 games.
Holzhauer, a 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, reached the milestone on Tuesday's episode of Jeopardy!, where he won $118,816.
The host was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March.
He is only the second contestant in the game show's 35-year history to reach $1 million in regular-season play, behind Ken Jennings who earned $2,520,700 over the course of 74 games.
"Despite what The Social Network says, $1 million felt really cool," Holzhauer said in a statement in reference to a line from the 2010 film.
The player earned over $110,000 in his fourth consecutive game alone.
Holzhauer is currently averaging $75,825 per victory, besting Jennings' average of $34,000 per victory. His top single game total equals $131,127, a Jeopardy! record.
Holzhauer also has answered 32 Daily Doubles questions out of 35 correctly and has answered 93% of his Final Jeopardy! questions correctly.
$71K/day ain't too shabby! pic.twitter.com/yKv4PUPNTM
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) April 22, 2019
By Wade Sheridan
Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.