Nova Scotia’s Mattea Roach now a six-figure Jeopardy! champion after a fourth victory


What’s the buzz for Nova Scotia Jeopardy! Fans? Bluenose contestant Mattea Roach became a six-figure champion on Friday night after an impressive four-day run.

Now based in Toronto, the Halifax-born tutor ended her week on the show adding $24,200 to her score, for a final total of $104,600, well ahead of her competitors, Abigail Davis of Clarkesville, Ga. and Tom Nucum from Baltimore, Maryland

“Mattea’s mom would like everyone to know she’s from Halifax,” host Mayim Bialik said, while introducing Roach and her fellow contestants on Friday. The win is also big news for his Cape Breton boosters, where his family is from, with roots in Ingonish and New Waterford.

After her first victory on Tuesday, Roach charmed the host and the audience by exclaiming that she had now paid off her student loan.

The former Big Bang Theory star also called Roach “our very special Canadian unicorn” as he described the surreal experience of traveling outside the country for the first time since before the pandemic. Roach also expressed his admiration for former longtime Jeopardy host and Canadian TV icon Alex Trebek, saying, “We’re always proud of our local celebrities.”

By the time the show got to Final Jeopardy!, there was no doubt that Roach was winning his fourth straight match, scoring $22,200 to $400 for Nucum and $3,600 for Davis. She put $2,000 in the 19th Century Literature category, with the question: “The Strand Union workshop, whose rules forbade a second serving of food, inspired a setting in this 1838 novel.”

Anyone with even a passing acquaintance with the work of author Charles Dickens, or musicals, would have guessed Oliver Twist, especially with the hint of wanting to eat more.

On Monday, Roach will return to his podium with Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings as host, to take on Vanessa McCombs of Manassas, Virginia and Michael Wohlman of Austin, Texas.

The pre-recorded show airs on CBS at 8:30 p.m. ADT.


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