Woman wins $428,100 just by asking questions Julia Collins' winning streak ended with her 21st appearance on Jeopardy
Woman wins $428,100 just by asking questions
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The reign of the winningest female contestant in "Jeopardy!" history has come to an end.

Julia Collins, 31, lost during her 21st appearance on the pre-taped episode that aired Monday. The Chicago-area resident accumulated a total of $428,100 during her 20 victories on the syndicated series.

Collins was vanquished by Brian Loughnane, an investment operations manager from Scituate, Massachusetts. Collins went into the final-question showdown in second place, bet everything and lost it.

Loughnane, who is from Ireland, won $22,600.

The clue that stumped her: The New England writer who in 1999 became the last person to win an Oscar for adapting his own novel as a screenplay. She failed to answer with the correct question: Who is John Irving? His novel and film are titled "The Cider House Rules."

Monday's game overall "just didn't go my way," Collins said in a phone interview, adding, "I couldn't have loved being on the show more."

Host Alex Trebek's salute to Collins after her streak ended: "Well done, young lady."

Collins said she was glad her record might serve as an example of female achievement.

"If it helps dispel the idea that women aren't as good 'Jeopardy!' players as men, that would be great," she said. "It's good to see women being applauded for being smart."

Her winnings helped finance a dream trip to Paris, where she rented an apartment for a month. Some may fund future travel adventures, Collins said.

The management consultant, who's been enjoying a hiatus thanks to "Jeopardy!", said she plans to get back into the work world.

The previous top female player for consecutive wins was Stephanie Jass, who took seven games in a row in season 29. Collins displaced her and Larissa Kelly, who was No. 1 in total winnings with $222,597.

Collins holds the No. 2 spot for most consecutive wins behind all-time "Jeopardy!" champ Ken Jennings. He won 74 straight games in season 21 for a total prize of $2.5 million.

She is the third-highest money winner for non-tournament play on "Jeopardy!" behind Jennings and Dave Madden, who won $430,400.

Future "Jeopardy!" contestants might want to consider her advice: Practice your buzzer technique so you can beat out your usually-knowledgeable competitors, and restrain yourself from guessing at answers.

And stay calm.

"I was more relaxed than I thought I would be" when she first played, Collins said. "I thought I was going to have a little 'deer in the headlights' experience. ... I tried not to put too much pressure on myself, not worrying about things I don't know. "

Collins will be back for the "Jeopardy!" tournament of champions next season.

Critical thinking challenge: Why is it significant that Julia is female? Should any importance be attached to her gender?

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COMMENTS (28)
  • escobar2550
    6/06/2014 - 11:02 a.m.

    Who:Julia Collins
    What: she won $428,100 by joust answering a question
    Where:Chicago-area resident accumulated
    When:Monday
    Why: she was playing Jeopardy! and she joust answer a question and won a lot of money
    How:she joust answer a quick question

  • DominicK711
    6/06/2014 - 11:03 a.m.

    What an inspiring women. Jeopardy is such a hard game. You really need to have a head filled with knowledge to even be a contestant. Good for her, she truly is a person that many could look up too.

  • Kait07
    6/06/2014 - 11:06 a.m.

    Who: Julia Collins
    What: wins $428,100 just by asking questions
    Where: Chicago
    When: on monday
    Why: she wanted to get money
    How: by asking questions

  • francesca12345
    6/06/2014 - 11:06 a.m.

    who: Julia Collins
    what: Woman wins $428,100
    where: Chicago
    when: mondays
    why: to get money
    how: asking people questions like Jeopardy.

  • Samanthad5
    6/06/2014 - 11:07 a.m.

    its significant that Julie is a female because eh rasied money just by asking questions... Her winnings helped finance a dream trip to Paris, where she rented an apartment for a month. Some may fund future travel adventures, Collins said.

  • Solis84
    6/06/2014 - 11:08 a.m.

    Julia Collins
    wins $428,100 just by asking questions
    The Chicago-area resident
    during her 21st appearance on the pre-taped episode that aired Monday
    Collins went into the final-question showdown in second place, bet everything and lost it.

  • alexus053
    6/06/2014 - 11:13 a.m.

    Who: Julia Collins
    What: lost during her 21st appearance on the pre-taped episode that aired Monday
    Where: Chicago-area
    When: monday
    Why: The clue that stumped her: The New England writer who in 1999 became the last person to win an Oscar for adapting his own novel as a screenplay. She failed to answer with the correct question
    How: answering quesations

  • Olivia327
    6/06/2014 - 01:28 p.m.

    Who: Julia Collins
    What: She got money
    When: This year
    Where: on Jeopardy
    Why: Because she asked questions
    How: I don't know how she just did. shes that good

  • Juvante98
    6/06/2014 - 01:31 p.m.

    Who:Julia Collins
    What: wins $428,100 just by asking questions
    Where:The Chicago-area resident
    When: June 3rd
    Why: she came back for another season of jeopardy
    How: Accumulates money by winning.

  • whitestar
    6/06/2014 - 01:32 p.m.

    they are saying that even tho she lost she wants a norther girl to win in her place instead of a male that way she can keep getting her money and not lose any thing

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