Jeopardy Tournament of Champions has crowned its latest winner, and she’s making history with her victory. Amy Schneider won the final of the famous game last night (Nov. 21), locking in $28,600 after beating her opponents, Sam Buttrey and Andrew He.
Schneider, a writer from Oakland, Calif., is the Tournament of Champion’s very first openly transgender contestant and winner.
She came into Final Jeopardy with $15,600, while her competitors had $14,200 (He) and $8,000 (Buttrey), and secured her win by correctly answering a question in the “Plays” category. Host Ken Jennings prompted the contestants, “”The January 12, 1864 Washington Evening Star reported on a performance of this ‘dashing comedy’ to ‘a full and delighted house.’”
While both Schneider and He correctly answered, “What is ‘Our American Cousin?’” Schneider won after wagering $13,000, much more than He’s $2,801 wager.
“I feel amazing,” Schneider said in a statement after her win, per Entertainment Weekly. “Earlier in the finals, I had this sudden moment of seeing myself and being like ‘I’m on stage in the Tournament of Champions finals,’ and that was crazy. And I won! It’s a great feeling.”
Schneider not only earned the title of Tournament of Champions winner, she also took home a hefty cash prize. As the Jeopardy champ, she earned $250,000. And the show didn’t forget her competitors — He, who came in second, still won $100,000, while Buttrey, in third, earned $50,000 for his efforts. Not bad!
Schneider’s Tournament of Champions win comes after she completed an impressive 40-game winning streak earlier this year as a Jeopardy competitor. Her time on the show made her one of the most successful competitors in Jeopardy history, falling only behind Jennings, who has a 74-game winning streak. Schneider also took home a large chunk of prize money as a Jeopardy contestant, earning the the fourth-highest total winnings with $1,382,800.