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'Jeopardy!' champ ends winning streak

'Jeopardy!' Champ Julia Collins Ends Impressive Win Streak

After winning 20 consecutive "Jeopardy!" games, contestant Julia Collins' impressive streak on the show has come to an end.

MSNBC reports thirty-one-year-old Collins lost during her 21st appearance, which aired Monday night. And the clue that finally stumped her?

"Category is Oscar-Winning Writers, and here is the clue. Winning for 1999, this New England writer is the last person to win an Oscar for adapting his own novel."

Unfortunately, Collins just couldn't get the answer: "Who is John Irving?"

His novel, "The Cider House Rules," was made into a movie of the same title.

But she went out a good sport. Collins tweeted her congratulations to Monday night's winner and thanked her fans for all their support and good wishes during her historic run.

Even though Collins couldn't make it past 20 consecutive wins, she really can't be too disappointed.

CNN reports The Chicago-land native left the show as the winningest female contestant in "Jeopardy!" history and now holds the second place spot for most consecutive wins behind Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight games in 2004.

ABC reports oh, and she also pocketed a whopping $428,000 in winnings, which she told reporters she's using to take a dream trip to Paris and other travel destinations.

So what's Collins' advice for future "Jeopardy!" players? Practice your buzzer technique so you can beat out your competitors and make sure to stay calm.

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ktlady953 June 03 2014 at 9:50 AM

Congratulations to this smart and graceful woman! We will see her again on the Tournament of Champions. In the meantime Julia, have fun traveling, Paris and the people of France are wonderful!

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Kelly June 03 2014 at 9:58 AM

I really hated seeing her streak end. I may have imagined it, but the guy who beat her seemed a bit smug at the end. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. Way to go, Julia....congrats on your windfall! You rock!

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Wendie June 03 2014 at 9:47 AM

She's very smart, but very boring. It's no fun to watch a game where the same person wins day after day after day....nothing personal against Julia. I liked the show better when there was a five day "cap" on the number of wins a person could achieve.

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moudsie June 03 2014 at 9:57 AM

Personally, I was glad to see her go--to me she seemed so smug and would smile when she got a right answer --sure, she's smart -- but she seemed full of herself.

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Paul T. Gibson June 03 2014 at 11:30 AM

Hated to see her go. She was extremely smart and had an infectious smile. Much more charming than the fellow that was the champion for several days a few weeks ago. Couldn't wait to see him go.

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wnstnrace1 June 03 2014 at 11:22 AM

I thought it was awesome to see her make the historical run that she did. It'll be a while before we see something like that again. Most people have no idea what it takes to do something like that, especially since multiple shows are taped each day.

Jeopardy tapes twice a week, 5 shows a day, 2 days a week, 3 weeks a month, 9 months a year, so Julia had to face & defeat 10 people a day at this very difficult game.

To the smart-ass knowitalls posting here, I'd bet everything I have that THEY couldn't even get on the show, let alone win a single game.

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Nana & Popie wnstnrace1 June 03 2014 at 5:12 PM

No kidding. I really looked forward to seeing her. It was enjoyable. Congrats to her.

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krattjd June 03 2014 at 10:23 AM

Thank God it was getting Boring

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d1anaw krattjd June 03 2014 at 10:50 AM

And did you find it so boring when Ken was winning? Funny how the same criticisms just don't seem to follow men.

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CaDreamer7 d1anaw June 03 2014 at 11:01 AM

Ken had a personality, she didn't, male versus female wasn't an issue.

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abbafan320 d1anaw June 03 2014 at 5:57 PM

Oh I disagree. There was no one more smug and full of himself than Ken Jennings. I used to pray for him to lose and finally, he did. Bring back the 5 day cap.

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bullmesht krattjd June 03 2014 at 2:39 PM

God you people are so jealous.

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reste0123 bullmesht June 03 2014 at 4:15 PM

People usually are at the success of others. They are the ones that sit around on the sofa's

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muffin June 03 2014 at 10:36 AM

Can hardly wait to see someone else on the show!

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PAT June 03 2014 at 3:48 PM

she was a great constant or the show. She was fun to watch. I did so enjoy every show she was on. An I send out a big God Bless her in all she does....":O)

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MikeO June 03 2014 at 10:23 AM

$428,000 is amazing...........I was tired of the same person winning, and so glad she lost, but she was good.,

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Molly Ann MikeO June 03 2014 at 10:56 AM

How much will she take home after taxes ?

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David Molly Ann June 03 2014 at 11:12 AM

MY bet is at least $200,000!

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alans022 Molly Ann June 03 2014 at 1:27 PM

take off 30% in Fed taxes

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epribblee MikeO June 03 2014 at 4:41 PM

I wanted to know more about her personal life. Was she home schooled? Alex said she was shy. Did she have a husband? Was she hidiing an obusive past? I was disappointed to see her lack of taste when it came to dressing. Her ill-fitting outfits looked like they came from the Salvation Army racks. With her winnings, I hope she hires a personal shopper and makes an appointment at a gym to do something about her weight.

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