Morehead City Woman Beats 20-Time JEOPARDY! Champ, But Comes In Second

Debra Walsh of Morehead City played against Julia Collins on "Jeopardy!" Monday on WITN and beat the champion, but ended up in second place.

Julia Collins, the winningest female contestant in "Jeopardy!" history, lost during her 21st appearance on the pre-taped episode that aired Monday.

The 31-year-old Chicago-area resident accumulated a total of $428,100 during her 20 victories on the syndicated series.

She holds the No. 2 spot for most consecutive wins behind all-time "Jeopardy!" champ Ken Jennings. He won 74 straight games in season 21 for a total prize of $2.5 million.

Collins is the third-highest money winner for non-tournament play on "Jeopardy!" behind Jennings and Dave Madden, who won $430,400.

She lost on Monday's show to Brian Loughnane of Massachusetts.

Walsh came in second.

Collins bet all her money on the final question and was wrong, and ended with zero dollars.

Walsh got the final question wrong, but didn't wager any money and ended up with $5,200.

Loughnane ended the show with $22,600.

Collins will be back for the "Jeopardy!" tournament of champions next season.


Julia Collins won her 20th game Friday, putting her alone in second place for most consecutive non-tournament victories.

When she scored her 19th win on Thursday, she was in a second-place tie with season 22 contestant David Madden.

The top "Jeopardy!" player is Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight games in season 21 for a total of $2.5 million in prize money.

The 31-year-old Collins already has set a record as the winningest female "Jeopardy!" contestant ever, both in money and number of games.

A business consultant from the Chicago area, Collins had raked in $428,100 as of Friday. She'll be back on the pre-taped show Monday as she bids for win No. 21.

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