The fifth-best “Jeopardy!” contestant had her run come to an end after missing a Final Jeopardy question in a game that came down to literally the last dollar on Friday night.
Mattea Roach — a 23-year-old Canadian tutor who won $560,983 over the course of the 23 games — held a lead of $19,200 into the final round, but faltered when asked to list the two mayors who gave their names to a facility built on the grounds of a former racetrack, one owned by Coca Cola “magnate” Asa Candler.
“When I think of the caliber of those four players, I really don’t feel like I deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as them to be honest,” Roach added.
“And there’s a noticeable financial gap between my money and theirs, but it’s an amazing accomplishment. Like, I can’t believe it. It’s such a huge honor that I am being spoken of in relation to people like Ken, James, Matt, Amy. It’s, wow. There’s no words.”
Roach, who said her time on the show “feels still kind of like a dream,” was quick to admit she started her run with humble expectations.
“I really came down here hoping to maybe win one game and so I still can’t believe it.”
“I would say Ken because of his history with the show,” Roach told Vulture of the current host. “As a contestant, there’s something really special about being on stage with the greatest player of all time. Someone who understands in a very visceral way what it’s like to be in your position.”