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‘Jeopardy!’ contestant Jason Zuffranieri quietly wins 15 games in a row

Is he the next James Holzhauer?

The New Mexico resident, and math teacher, has won 15 games in a row, bringing his total prize money to $418,343
Jason Zuffranieri, a New Mexico resident and math teacher, has won 15 games in a row on “Jeopardy!,” bringing his total prize money to $418,343

Jason Zuffranieri has quietly won 15 games in a row on “Jeopardy!”

What’s going on: The New Mexico resident and math teacher has won 15 games in a row, bringing his total prize money to $418,343. He is now fifth all-time on the “Jeopardy!” winners list, USA Today reports.

Records: Only four other people have won more money than Zuffranieri — Julia Collins ($428,100), Dave Madden ($430,400), James Holzhauer ($2,462,216) and Ken Jennings ($2,520,700).

  • Zuffranieri is behind those contestant in consecutive wins as well. Madden has won 19 games, Collins won 20, Holzhauer won 32 and Jennings won 74, according to USA Today.

Context: Zuffranieri’s success comes during the same year as Holzhauer’s run, though. If you can remember this far back, Holzhauer was a streaking “Jeopardy!” champ for much of 2019. He won 32 games in a row before Chicago teacher Emma Boettcher dethroned him in June.

Flashback: Holzhauer made headlines for challenging the status quo of “Jeopardy!” through his own unique strategy of betting big, which he formulated after years as a professional gambler.

The question: So is Zuffranieri the next Jennings or Holzhauer? Probably not, according to CNN.

“Let’s not put him in Jennings territory yet, but it certainly seems like Zuffranieri could be the next James Holzhauer, who rocketed up the Jeopardy charts earlier this year but ultimately fell short of topping Jennings’ earning record,” CNN reported.

Still Zuffranieri wants to try to win, and nothing more.

“I kind of want to reach the best I can, which I know is certainly not as good as some other people who have been on this show,” he said in a “Jeopardy!” profile. “But I’m certainly going to try my best, and try to limit my mistakes and maximize my winnings. Just keep it rolling as long as it can — because it’s such a blessing.”