Get to know Matt Jackson, the 23-year-old who is killing everyone on Jeopardy

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As an avid Jeopardy! viewer, one gets to see all kinds of odd ducks from the farthest corners of these United States. We have grown accustomed to Alex Trebek's beautifully stilted intros — "Darlene from Akron, Ohio, I hear you have an unusual collection of old keys?" — and untraditional trivia geniuses. But there's something deeply fascinating about the show's newest phenomenon, Matt Jackson.

A paralegal based in Washington, D.C, the 23-year-old Jackson (he auditioned when he was 22) has won just over $230,000 in eight appearances on the show, virtually destroying the competition each time. Nobody else comes close.

The contestant has also provided the show with its most slow-building smile, which begins in a frown at the top of his introduction and crawls into a grin. He has repeated this, without fail, at the opening of each episode.

As each smile concludes its journey, Jackson holds up the number of shows he has logged in his streak.

He doesn't do witty banter, and cheeky questions from Trebek are often met with a stern look and a tilt of the head, as if to say, You are wasting my time, Host Man, let us move along so I can take more of your money.

The self-proclaimed son of a Jewish liberal mother and a black conservative father told Trebek he prepared for the show by listening to the Hamilton soundtrack and repeating "I'm not throwing away my shot" over and over. Far from humble, Jackson doesn't hide his satisfaction with a particularly impressive answer, and has even created a mini-catchphrase that he delivers with panache.



If it has been a while since you've tuned into the game show, these next episodes would be a good time to reacquaint yourself. Jackson, as Trebek suggested in Tuesday's episode, might just be the one to break Ken Jennings's 74-game streak.

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CHEERS -- 'What is... Cliff Clavin?' Episode 14 -- Air Date 01/18/1990 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alex Trebek as Himself, John Ratzenberger as Cliff Clavin-- Photo by: Kim Gottlieb-Walker/NBCU Photo Bank
CHEERS -- 'What is... Cliff Clavin?' Episode 14 --Pictured: (l-r) John Ratzenberger as Cliff Clavin, Alex Trebek as Himself-- Photo by: Kim Gottlieb-Walker/NBCU Photo Bank
TO TELL THE TRUTH -- Pictured: Host Alex Trebek (Photo by Joey Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CLASSIC CONCENTRATION -- Season 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Co-host Marjorie Goodson, host Alex Trebek (Photo by Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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HIGH ROLLERS -- Pictured: Host Alex Trebek (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CLASSIC CONCENTRATION -- Season 2 -- Pictured: Host Alex Trebek (Photo by Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HIGH ROLLERS -- Pictured: Host Alex Trebek (Photo by Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CLASSIC CONCENTRATION -- Season 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Co-host Marjorie Goodson, host Alex Trebek (Photo by Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 17, 2012: Canadian American television star Alex Trebek has been the host of the syndicated game show Jeopardy! since 1984. (Photo by ASTRID RIECKEN For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Alex Trebek, host of the "Jeopardy!" quiz show, speaks to an audience of primarily media about an upcoming "Jeopardy!" show featuring an IBM computer called "Watson" in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011. It's the size of 10 refrigerators, and it swallows encyclopedias whole, but an IBM computer was lacking one thing it needed to battle the greatest champions from the "Jeopardy!" quiz TV show - it couldn't hit a buzzer. But that's been fixed, and on Thursday the hardware and software system named Watson played a competitive practice round against two champions. A "Jeopardy!" show featuring the computer will air in mid-February, 2011. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Game show host Alex Trebek, photographed in his Los Angeles home on August 3, 1988, has been with ?Jeopardy? for four years and ?Concentration? for one. He says his real ambition is to get into production. (AP Photo/Alan Greth)
FILE- In this Friday, April 28, 2006, file photo, Alex Trebek holds the award for outstanding game show host, for his work on "Jeopardy!" backstage at the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Sony Television spokeswoman Paula Askanas said Sunday, June 24, 2012, that Trebek is in a Los Angeles hospital recovering from a mild heart attack. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
Emmy award-winning game show host, Alex Trebek gestures to the 400 fans on hand to watch him receive his newly-dedicated star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Monday, May 17, 1999. Trebek, who hosted the game shows "Wizard of Odds," "Concentration" and "To Tell the Truth, is celebrating his 15th year anniversary with TV's "Jeopardy!" (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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