'Jeopardy!' champ Mattea Roach's 23-game streak ends when she loses by just $1

Mattea Roach's 23-game winning streak on "Jeopardy!" came to an end Friday, and it was all thanks to one, measly dollar.

The 23-year-old tutor from Toronto lost on Friday's episode to Danielle Maurer, a digital marketing manager and author who lives in Peachtree Corners, Georgia.

Roach's dethroning came just one game after she prepared herself to say goodbye. In Thursday's episode, not entirely confident in her Final Jeopardy! answer, Roach included the text "(if this is it, thanks for the fun!)", which host Ken Jennings referenced at the top of Friday's show.

Roach had a strong lead for most of the game. At the conclusion of Double Jeopardy, Roach had racked up $19,200; Maurer, $11,400 and a third contestant, Betsy Hobbs, had $7,400. With Mattea Roach, it's official: 'Jeopardy!' has entered the age of the super-streak

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"Mattea's in the lead, but it's not an insurmountable lead," Jennings told the players heading into Final Jeopardy!.

The category was "USA" and the clue: "These 2 mayors gave their names to a facility built on the site of an old racetrack owned by Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler." (The clue references Atlanta's airport, named for William Hartsfield and Maynard Jackson.)

Roach, who tended to make conservative wagers, commented on the difference between the champs' winnings.  

“There's a noticeable financial gap between my money and theirs, but it's an amazing accomplishment," she said in her statement. "I can't believe it. It's such a huge honor that I am being spoken of in relation to people like Ken, James, Matt, Amy.  There's no words.”

Roach will compete in the Tournament of Champions which airs this fall.

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