Chicago-area woman goes for 18th 'Jeopardy!' win

DON BABWIN Associated Press Published:

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

The 31-year-old suburban Chicago woman has made good on her prediction, and then some.

Collins won her 17th consecutive non-tournament game in the episode that aired Tuesday, becoming the third person in "Jeopardy!" history to reach that point. She has earned a total of $372,700 and is the long-running show's winningest female contestant ever. Collins competed in shows that began taping in mid-January that are only airing now.

She's not allowed to say how long her winning streak lasted, but if she wins Wednesday's episode she'll have a shot in Thursday's show to tie the second-longest streak of 19 wins.

That's still far from contestant Ken Jennings' record winning streak of 74 straight games.

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