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Medina native, OSU grad clinches 7-day 'Jeopardy!' victory, earning $268,800

Posted at 12:37 PM, Jul 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-30 13:06:02-04

CLEVELAND — "Jeopardy!" champion Matt Amodio is making his hometown of Medina proud after clinching another victory Thursday, bringing his seven-day total to $268,800 (not a typo!)

Amodio, who is a 2009 graduate of Medina High School, a graduate of The Ohio State University and a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Yale’s current computer science program studying artificial intelligence, added $74,000 to his earnings, after wagering $30,000 in Final Jeopardy.

His seven-day winning streak total of $268,800 earned him a spot in the Jeopardy! Hall of Fame as the 9th highest-winning player in a regular-season play.

He watched baseball and Jeopardy! growing up and the only thing that took precedent to baseball was "Jeopardy!"

“Absolutely, so seven o’clock growing up, Must See TV was the baseball game, and the only time we would ever change the channel was 7:30 to watch 'Jeopardy!'”

From knowing the lyrics of a Franz Ferdinand song to betting it all on African Monarchs in the Final Jeopardy Round, the Northeast Ohio native is unstoppable.

Guest Host Levar Burton called Amodio a machine and considered himself the first member of the “Matt Amodio” fan club.

Amodio will face another round Friday night, hoping to score his eighth victory.

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