Mattea Roach extended his winning streak on Peril! to 18 games on Thursday, further cementing her legacy as the most successful Canadian to ever appear on the program.
With 18 wins under her belt, Roach, a Toronto-based tutor, has the eighth-highest consecutive win total on the program.
Roach, 23, started Thursday’s game well, passing four of the five World Landmarks questions. At the first commercial break, she was leading her two opponents – Renée Russell, a branch administrator from Baltimore, and Manav Jain, an undergraduate student from Clemson, SC
But the game tightened towards the end of the second round. Roach held the lead as players entered Final Jeopardy, which featured a question about the 1970s books.
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Roach bet big on his last bet and came out on top, winning a total of US$42,001.
During her 18-game winning streak, she earned US$438,183.
More history to do?
Roach has been in the headlines as she racks up win after win over Peril! this spring.
If she manages to win another game on Friday, she will draw evenly with two other previous competitors who had streaks of 19 games before being defeated on Peril!.
At this point, no one from Canada has won more games in a row than Roach.
But Canada’s competitors before her also had impressive winning streaks.
Here’s a look at some of the winners of multiple games who have spoken to CBC News over the years about their Peril! adventures.
5 wins for a game show veteran
In 1988, Barbara-Anne Eddy of Vancouver won five matches on the show, grossing US$52,000 — a win worth more than US$128,000 today. after adjusting for inflation.
But Eddy wasn’t a trivia rookie, as she’d been on several game shows over the years. (The Globe and Mail, for example, reported that she competed on The $128,000 Question and managed to answer his namesake question.)
She appeared on CBC Noon after his impressive career. Host Valerie Pringle wanted to know if participating in game shows was “a way to make a living”.
Eddy’s response might have surprised people watching at home.
“You can’t go that far as a contestant on a game show and I think, actually, I peaked,” Eddy said.
3 wins and a Breaking Bad cameo
Kevin Wilson had been a Peril! fan for many years before becoming part of the series in 2009.
It would be worth the wait for the communications professional who grew up near the Canada-US border in Windsor, Ontario.
“I was up against a guy by the name of Terry Linwood, who was a five-time champion, and things started off slow and then went really well for me for about the second half of round one and the first half of round two. round,” Wilson told CBC Afternoon drive in 2015.
“And then Terry got his mojo back and he caught up with me, right at the very end with the last question and unfortunately for him, and I got right on Final Jeopardy and bet everything but a dollar and he s got cheated out of Final Jeopardy and walked out of there nearly $40,000 [US] richer that day.”
Wilson eventually won three games on Peril!but that’s not where his moment in the spotlight ended – because his gameplay was later featured in an episode of AMC’s Emmy-winning crime drama breaking Bad called “half measures”.
In the episode, series protagonist Walter White (played by actor Bryan Cranston) and his son Walt Jr. (played by actor RJ Mitte), watch the Peril! Game. Wilson is seen on screen and heard by Trebek.
“I’m still waiting for my Emmy for that one,” Wilson joked.
The teacher who educated his competition
Ali Hasan, a teacher from New Westminster, B.C., won three games on the program in 2018.
Like many of his fellow Canadian champions, he looked Peril! long before he could hold a buzzer and stand on stage alongside the since deceased Trebek.
Trebek, in fact, dubbed Hasan a one-man Canadian invasion.
“When I was on the show, I remember two things from that time,” Hasan recalled later, speaking to CBC after Trebek’s death in 2020.
“One was how quick-witted Alex Trebek was, how quickly he made up these jokes and zingers and his wit was just amazing. And the other thing was his handshake. When we had to shaking hands, his handshake, I remember, was so firm and so strong.”
3 wins and a dream come true
Ottawa’s Grant McSheffrey fulfilled a childhood dream of being on Peril!.
Well, that dream came true and he actually became a three-game champion in matches that aired in March 2017.
The software developer and Blackberry employee tweeted that he was grateful for the support he received during his back-to-back wins.
The 1st champion from Prince George, BC
In 2013 Matthew Church became the first competitor from Prince George, BC to win the Peril!.
By winning the next match, he also became – by extension – the first Prince George player to be a double champion.
And with @Jeopardy from tonight now airing in British Columbia, this ends my time at the top of the trivia world. I go out as a 2-time champion!
Church won more than US$30,000 and he later told CBC the money helped pay for his medical school tuition.