Nova Scotia

Mattea Roach takes 23rd Jeopardy! win and tells world about Cape Breton's beauty

The Canadian champ secured her 23rd win on Thursday by answering the final question in the category of 20th century cinema. Roach’s 23-day winnings now total $560,983 US, which is approximately $720,105 Cdn.

So far, Roach has won $560,983 US

Mattea Roach during her 23rd Jeopardy game. (Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

It was tough, but Mattea Roach did it again.

The Canadian champ secured her 23rd win on Thursday by answering the final question in the category of 20th century cinema.

Going into the final question, Roach's earnings totalled $13,000 with Sarah Snider, a middle school teacher from Indiana going strong with $22,600. T.J. Lovejoy, a mortgage lender from Arizona, had negative $3,600 and did not play the final round.

The final clue was: "A black & white newsreel in this film begins: 'In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree."

Roach responded with "What is Citizen Kane?" and was the only one to answer correctly. 

Twenty-three games in, Roach has recorded 633 correct and 59 incorrect answers, putting her in sixth place among Jeopardy champions for the number of correct answers. No. 1 was, of course, Ken Jennings.

Roach has now won a total of $560,983 US, which is approximately $720,105 Cdn. 

Visiting her homeland

Jeopardy! episodes are filmed months in advance. Roach lives in Toronto but recently returned to Nova Scotia where she grew up.

Her parents, who live in Halifax, are both originally from Cape Breton. On Thursday, she tweeted a photo of herself in front of a sign on Church's Supermarket in Marion Bridge, N.S., that read "THIS NS SUPERCHAMP MAKING JEOPARDY HISTORY."

The store is owned by her great-aunt and uncle and the sign has been updated regularly during her wins.

Sharing the beauty of Cape Breton

During Thursday's game, host Jennings asked Roach what her favourite place in Canada is and she responded that it's in and around Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

"My mom grew up about a 10-minute drive from the entrance of this national park in Ingonish," she said. "My grandparents still live there so I've been lucky enough to visit the beautiful, beautiful scenery there at least once a year pretty much my whole life."

Jennings replied: "Canadians are swelling with pride right now that they hear you talk about the beautiful scenery of the Atlantic provinces."

WATCH | Mattea Roach making her family proud:

Watching Jeopardy! with Mattea Roach’s family

9 months ago
Duration 2:03
Mattea Roach’s extended family gathers each night at her parents’ Halifax home to watch Jeopardy! and see if her winning streak will continue — and CBC was invited to attend.

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