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Julia Collins goes for 18th 'Jeopardy!' win

Julia Collins Becomes Winningest Woman In 'Jeopardy!' History


By DON BABWIN

CHICAGO (AP) -- Answer: She predicted in her eighth grade yearbook that she would someday be a "Jeopardy!" champion.

Question: Who is Julia Collins?

To be fair, anyone who watches contestants go egghead-to-egghead on the show wouldn't be surprised if any one of them made the prediction. But Collins has made good on her prediction, and then some.

On the episode that aired Tuesday, the 31-year-old resident of the Chicago suburb of Wilmette became the third person in "Jeopardy!" history to win as many as 17 consecutive non-tournament games, earning her a total of $372,700 and making her the show's winningest woman.

"I went into this feeling like I could win a show and put in a good effort ... but this, it's kind of a daydream come true," Collins said Tuesday.

Collins' appearances on the show also answer another question all but her closest friends and family who watched some of the shows being taped had about why she didn't seem stressed about quitting her consulting job or in a hurry to find work.

"I did a lot of hemming and hawing about why I was less aggressive than I could have been," said Collins, explaining that she was prohibited by the show from talking about the program at all between mid-January, when she started taping them, and April, when they started to air, or the $10,000 to $35,000 she was winning a day.

Sworn to secrecy about shows that haven't aired, she won't say if she wins her 18th straight game, which airs Wednesday, or whether she will go for the 19th win on Thursday's show, which would tie her for second all-time in consecutive wins. Her chuckle, however, suggests she hasn't caught the all-time winningest contestant, Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight games.

That's not to say she hasn't had plenty to say about the show. She has posted dozens of tweets about shows as they've aired, confessing she made a mathematical error when deciding how much she could bet on Final Jeopardy and still win with a wrong answer even if another contestant got it right. She mentioned questions that as an art history major, she couldn't believe she got wrong, as well as one she got right, "Who was Lucian Freud?"

"I think Alex (the show's host, Alex Trebek) was impressed with that one," she said.

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Charlie & Fran May 28 2014 at 12:05 PM

She's very smart, she's charming, she does not present with a "killer instinct"......and she's attractive. A wonderful role model for young girls growing up.

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jobkpr May 28 2014 at 11:59 AM

She comes across as a very sweet girl, and certainly not "full of herself"....and she's a whiz, for sure. I hope I get to watch her for a long time. I also feel sorry for the contrestants who come up against her......they probably feel defeated going in!!! Keep on keepin' on Julia!

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Victor May 28 2014 at 12:39 PM

I hope she stays on long enough to beat all records She is a joy to watch

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Laura May 28 2014 at 12:07 PM

Awsome she is doing a wonderful job it would be interesting to see her and Ken in a match some day
Have watched the show for years
it is must see evey evening

Thanks

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lblatzheim May 28 2014 at 12:35 PM

It is lovely to see a pleasant woman with poise.
She seems to care for the audience and does not flaunt her abilities.
Lori B

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rdx1946 May 28 2014 at 11:53 AM

I like Julia. I hope she wins lots more money.

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smarks1431 rdx1946 May 28 2014 at 3:26 PM

i just have only one comment and that is if you are so smart than why aren't you rich to start with ?

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baileysno1lala May 28 2014 at 12:08 PM

Congratulations!!

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vccoco baileysno1lala May 28 2014 at 1:42 PM

My best wishes! Don't let the jealous and negative people get to you. You Are a great model for all women. As a man, I admire your poise, intelligence, and beauty.

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georgiag68 May 28 2014 at 12:09 PM

Great work Ms Collins, keep going strong!!! Just a little advice: you are a pretty woman and I would only suggest a better bra one that is more flattering. The one you have been wearing makes your breasts look droopy. Just thought you would want to know

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bither52 May 28 2014 at 12:25 PM

Keep up the great work Julia!!!!! Don't listen to georgiag68, is your bra compfortable? Then wear it! Maybe it's bringing you good luck!!!

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MalS bither52 May 28 2014 at 3:34 PM

This is not good, and the show producers should realize it. The show is competion but she has very little. It's no fun watching this brilliant woman win so heavily every week. They better find some smarter woman to keep a viewing audience. Maybe Ken Jennings or Brad what's his name !!! Then it would be worht watching

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rsvp524 May 28 2014 at 2:49 PM

I've been impressed by how cool, calm and collected Julia appears to be on Jeopardy. She doesn't seem to be the typical contestant but rather much like your next door neighbor. And a smart one at that!

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