“Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider is finally revealing what it was like to win a million dollars!
On Friday, January 7, Amy reached a 28 day total of $1,019,600 dollars, officially passing the one million dollar mark! Her latest win makes Amy the fifth millionaire in “Jeopardy!” history, and the fourth to do so in regular gameplay!
As she usually does, Amy shared the story of her success with her Twitter followers with a moment-by-moment breakdown of the episode from her perspective!
Amy Schneider Describes What It’s Like To Win One Million Dollars!
Post-game thoughts (1/7/22):
Well, I’ve said I usually felt good in the Friday games, and this was certainly no exception! Having seen my streak in danger the game before, I was not to be denied on this one!
— Amy Schneider (@Jeopardamy) January 9, 2022
In a post titled “Post-game thoughts (1/7/22),” Amy shared, “Well, I’ve said I usually felt good in the Friday games, and this was certainly no exception! Having seen my streak in danger the game before, I was not to be denied on this one!”
She said that she decided to start the game with the music category. She joked that she wasn’t sure how she came up with a correct answer of Zayn, writing, “who I wouldn’t recognize if he came into this room right now and said, ‘Hi, I’m Zayn’ but I’ll take it!”
She also added her own colorful commentary on some of the answers, writing, “Paul Gann and Howard Jarvis were one of the worst things to ever happen to the state of California, apart from the ballot initiative process that made them possible.”
“Patsy missed ‘doubloon,” she recalled. “I picked it up on the rebound to find the Daily Double, and added $2000 to my lead.”
After answering a question correctly with an answer of bassoon, Amy revealed, “I’ve heard from a lot of bassoon players in the last couple of days, grateful for the recognition lol.”
Amy Shares Her Insights Into Those Tough ‘Jeopardy!’ Questions!
She gave more insight into some of her answers, writing, “I don’t always remember which of Watson and Crick is American, but I knew Watson was the self-promoter, which I suppose implies that he’s American. That got me to the break with a $7200 lead; still a long way to go but I had a feeling this one wasn’t going to have that much drama.”
She added, “Another thing I’ve learned in the last couple of days is that I was far from alone in my conclusion about ‘misled’ #TeamMisle.”
Amy also revealed how she cleaned up the Dr. Seuss category, writing, “My grandparents had a bunch of Dr. Seuss books; I loved The Sneetches and Other Stories, except that the pants with nobody inside them freaked me out!”
“Ethiopia has a fascinating history, one that I can’t always wrap my mind around,” she added. “But in any case, I recognized Axum as an Ethiopian place name.”
“Stretched my lead to $13000 by the end of the round,” she continued. “Things were looking good! Sean then found the first Daily Double on the very first clue, which wasn’t great news for him, especially when he missed it.
“He then found the second just a few clues later, and while he got it right, he’d only bet $590,” she added. “He was clearly already playing just to be around for Final, and with both DDs gone it was looking like smooth sailing the rest of the way!”
“Bruno Hauptmann is one of those names I will look up, remember for approximately 24 hours, and then completely forget about,” she joked. She also commented on a question she didn’t answer, saying, “I was pretty sure Louise Gluck was a writer, but I didn’t pull the trigger.”
“I was really startled when the end-of-round timer went off with two clues on the board,” she added. “I’m not sure that had happened to me before! Maybe once?”
Win Secured… And The Million Dollars Is Within Reach!
“Well, the win was secured, and in convincing fashion!” Amy continued. “Even with two wordplay clues taken off the board, I got 37 correct answers, and 0 wrong! But the million wasn’t secured yet, and I had a decision to make. I could have wagered $25000, and any other game I might have done it.”
“But if I wagered that much and lost, it would put me below the million mark, and I didn’t want that hanging over me all evening,” she shared. “So I bet an amount that, if I lost, would put me at $1,000,000 exactly (yes, I’d made sure to memorize how much I needed lol).”
“So even before seeing the clue, I knew the quest was complete!” she wrote. “It wasn’t quite a slam dunk for me, I definitely considered Churchill. Maybe he was writing about Germany’s invasion of Norway? But I loved Kon-Tiki as a kid, it’s just such a fun story, so I felt pretty good about it.”
“And of course it was correct!” she wrote. “I’d cleared the million with room to spare, kept the streak going, and I’d be back to play more tomorrow!”
Amy Is Now A ‘Jeopardy!’ Millionaire… So What’s The Next Goal?
“I then, as I knew I would, had to go do some promotional stuff,” Amy went on. “As that was getting set up, Michael Davies, the EP, said that this was the ~15th (I don’t remember the exact number) time he had given someone a million dollars on TV, and that it never got any less fun to do it!”
“Anyway, there’s more to be said about the million-dollar mark, but I’ll get to it eventually,” she wrote. “Thanks to Patsy and Sean, I didn’t give them much of a chance, but they both said they were just glad to be a part of history, which was sweet of them.”
“It was off to share the good news with Genevieve, and then go lie down!” she concluded. “I was exhausted, and I needed to be back in 12 hours or so, this time with a new quest in sight: catching James Holzhauer for third-longest streak all time. That quest starts tomorrow, see you then!”
James Holzhauer set a 32 game win streak back in 2019. Amy is currently sitting on 28 games, which means fans will find out by the end of next week whether Amy is able to surpass James’ win streak to have the third-longest running streak in “Jeopardy!” history!