Canadian champion Mattea Roach earned her 22nd win on Peril! when answering a clue on American history on the same day on Wednesday, she received a special shoutout in the House of Commons.
Roach has now raised US$534,984, or approximately C$681,484.
The 23-year-old Nova Scotia native entered Final Jeopardy with a considerable lead over the only remaining competitor, Jaime Sisson of Mississippi. The third competitor, Kelly Flynn of New Hampshire, failed to make the final lap.
The last clue was: “A song of Union soldiers said that General McClellan, who let a Confederate army escape after this battle, ‘was too slow to beat them’.”
“What is Antietam? Roach and Sisson guessed correctly.
While Sisson doubled his winnings to US$13,200 with a win or break bet, Roach bet $0.
“I made perhaps the most responsible bet of all,” Roach said with a laugh after host Ken Jennings noted that the champ generally made “respectable and responsible” bets.
Despite this zero dollar bet, Roach easily beat Sisson, ending the match with US$28,400.
The Toronto-based tutor holds the record for the longest winning streak of any Canadian in the quiz and has kicked Julia Collins out of fifth place for the longest time Peril! winning streak.
During Wednesday’s episode, Jennings noted that Roach is “running a remarkable run.”
Halifax MP Andy Fillmore rose in the House of Commons earlier today to pay tribute to the genius of the quiz – in perfect Peril! style.
“Mr. President, I’ll take the record-breaking Canadians for $2,000. Answer: With 21 straight wins and counting, totaling over half a million dollars, she is the most successful Canadian to ever win on Peril!“Fillmore said Wednesday. “The question: Who is Mattea Roach?
Fillmore mentioned Roach’s former school, Sacred Heart School of Halifax, and also talked about his tutoring work in Toronto. He said people across the country were cheering him on.
“I’d bet the whole Daily Double that there’s still a lot more to come. Cheers, Mattea!” he said.
Roach is next Peril! the appearance is scheduled for Thursday.