The contestant was finally defeated after an astounding 21 games.
Julia Collins has finally lost her Jeopardy! winning streak after 21 games and an incredible 20 wins. The 31 year-old gameshow contestant was finally defeated by rival Brian Loughnane, during an appearance on the pre-taped show that aired last night (2nd June).
The Chigaco-area resident was eventually stumped by a literature question in the final-question showdown but took home a total of $428,100 as a result of her extended win. Speaking to Huffington Post, Julia was upbeat about her Jeopardy! streak coming to an end, saying the game "just didn't go my way," and "I couldn't have loved being on the show more."
"If it helps dispel the idea that women aren't as good 'Jeopardy!' players as men, that would be great," she added. "It's good to see women being applauded for being smart."
The question that Collins tripped up on asked who the New England writer was who in 1999 became the last person to win an Oscar for adapting his own novel as a screenplay. Julia failed to answer with the correct question whilst Loughnane correctly answered: Who is John Irving? (His novel and film are titled The Cider House Rules.)
Collins revealed that since she has cashed in her winnings, she has financed a dream trip to Paris where she rented an apartment for a whole month. She also indicated that she was looking forward to putting more of the money towards future travels. The former management consultant, who took time off to compete on the show, said she was looking forward to going back to work.
Collins holds the No. 2 spot for most consecutive wins behind the show's all-time champion Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight games in season 21 and collected a total prize of $2.5 million.
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