canadian Peril! Super-champ Mattea Roach earned the fifth-longest streak in TV show history with her win on Monday night’s episode.
The 23-year-old Toronto-based tutor is tied for the spot with Julia Collins, whose 2014 run lasted 20 games.
It is the longest streak of any Canadian to appear on the show.
Roach also has the sixth-highest loot of any regular-season contender, earning US$476,985 so far.
To move up to No. 4 on the list, Roach would need to match James Holzhauer’s 32-game streak.
Roach said she was honored to be a Canadian flag bearer on what is now known as the Alex Trebek stage.
“It will always be part of how I will be remembered – as Canada’s representative and the best Canadian ever,” she said in an interview with The Canadian Press ahead of her 13th game. “I hope that one day someone will earn even more than me.”
Long way to first place
It was a landmark season for Peril! sequences, starting with Matt Amodio.
After amassing 18 wins in Season 37, he continued his run at the start of Season 38. His streak extended to another 20 wins, putting him – at the time – in second place.
He would be overthrown a few months later by Amy Schneider, who won 40 games.
She is second only to Ken Jennings, who won 74 consecutive matches in 2004 and raised US$2,520,700, not including his tournament winnings.
The show’s regular season record books don’t go back much further than that. While Peril! first aired in 1964, there was a five-game win limit in place until 2003.
But Brad Rutter, who won all five games allowed in 2000, returned for tournaments in the years that followed and now has the biggest payout of all time – US$4,938,436.
Tournaments included, Jennings won US$4,370,700.