Woman wins $428,100 just by asking questions
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 (35)
  • ANTHONYC-ZDE
    6/04/2014 - 12:25 p.m.

    So much money was won and yet still less than a seventh of the top winner on jeopardy. If you're smart enough to win 20 consecutive games, non-the-less 74, then you should be awarded greatly, considering your competitors are usually just as smart as you. This just shows that if you try your best then you may succeed and meet your goal, and it seems she definitely met her goal whatever it was.

  • taniaa-Fie
    6/04/2014 - 02:08 p.m.

    wow! good for her. with that much money I wouldn't work for a long time. I think her record is going to serve as an example of female achievement. good luck on going back for the Jeopardy tournament of champions.

  • SKYEM-ZDE
    6/04/2014 - 08:18 p.m.

    Yes, importance should be attached to her gender because it's significant that females back in the day weren't aloud to learn in schools and now theirs a women winning $428,100 in jeopardy .

  • LaurenM-1
    6/05/2014 - 04:30 p.m.

    Julia Collins had a winning streak on the show "Jeopardy!" that lasted 20 days. She lost on her 21st day in the final question against Brian Loughnane a contestant from Ireland. Julia's winnings totaled $428,100, she used the money to rent out an apartment in Paris for a month. Julia beat both Stephanie Jass and Larissa Kelly who's winnings were $222,597. She is 3rd in the most total winnings and 2nd in the most consecutive games played behind Ken Jennings who was on the show for 74 games straight. I think it is a great achievement and is an inspiration to women everywhere.

  • AD5GOLD
    6/06/2014 - 08:40 a.m.

    Julia did awesome in Jeopardy and considering that she is a women says a lot. Also the question that stumped her was a pretty hard one I mean even I can't answer even a quarter of those questions so go Julia!

  • evana5k13
    6/06/2014 - 12:04 p.m.

    what thats not fair i wish i could win that much money for asking a questions cause i ask a lot of questions to my dad and my teacher

  • SpencerP-3
    6/07/2014 - 12:40 a.m.

    A lady has won 20 Jeopardy games in a row. The longest for a female on Jeopardy. She has won a total of $428,100. She lost her 21st game. She will be competing next season. Good for her. It is really hard to do that. That is a lot of money too. She must be very smart.

  • patriciay85
    6/09/2014 - 01:44 p.m.

    Really??? I would want to earn money by JUST asking questions. Making money by asking questions could help you make money at a very young age.

  • LukelukeT109
    6/09/2014 - 02:25 p.m.

    It shouldn't matter what sex you are, males and females are equality the same. Guys may have more ability's but it shouldn't matter, were all humans.

  • jared610
    6/09/2014 - 11:21 p.m.

    I am not surprised. Jeopardy is a well paying game. Given that is the most I personally have ever seen. People do come out very wealthy. I don't think gender mattered she just got the right answers.

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