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Julia Collins' 'Jeopardy!' Run Ends With 20 Wins and $420,000

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Julia Collins' winning streak on "Jeopardy!" came to end on Monday's episode after 20 victories in a row, making her the most-winning female contestant to ever appear on the show, and the second most-winning contestant of all time.

Collins, 31, of Chicago, racked up more than $420,000 during her stint before being dethroned by Brian Loughnane, an investment operations manager from Scituate, Massachusetts, The Associated Press reported.

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"I couldn't have loved being on the show more," she told reporters after her loss. "If it helps dispel the idea that women aren't as good 'Jeopardy!' players as men, that would be great. It's good to see women being applauded for being smart."

Host Alex Trebek congratulated Collins on her achievement, telling her, "Well done, young lady," before the show came to a close. He said she will of course be invited back for the show's periodic Tournament of Champions special episodes.

Collins' last clue, on which she wagered all of her $11,000 collected that episode, was, "The New England writer who in 1999 became the last person to win an Oscar for adapting his own novel as a screenplay." The correct response: "Who is John Irving?" whose novel and film are titled "The Cider House Rules."

Ken Jennings remains the record holder for both most consecutive wins and most money earned in a winning streak with 74 wins and $2.5 million.

Before Collins, Stephanie Jass held the record for most consecutive wins for a female contestant, at seven, and Larissa Kelly held the record for most money earned, $222,597.



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Julia Collins' winning streak on "Jeopardy!" came to end on Monday's episode after 20 victories in a row, making her the most-winning female contestant to ever appear on the show, and the second most-winning contestant of all time.
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