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Canadian 'Jeopardy' champ Mattea Roach ends historic streak after 23 wins

Her final score was $1 behind winner Danielle Maurer
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Canadian Mattea Roach appears in an episode of Jeopardy! in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jeopardy Productions, Inc. **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Canadian “Jeopardy” champion Mattea Roach has come to the end of a winning streak that put her in the TV show’s Hall of Fame.

After 23 wins, the 23-year-old law school tutor fell short on Friday’s episode by just one dollar.

Her final score was $15,599, and the winner — Danielle Maurer, a digital marketing manager from Georgia — ended up with $15,600.

She has the fifth-longest win streak and the fifth-highest earnings in the show’s regular season with a total haul of US$560,983.

But Roach’s “Jeopardy” journey isn’t over — she has qualified for the show’s Tournament of Champions.

The tournament is set to air in the fall.

Roach lives in Toronto, but she has said on the show that she spent her childhood and part of her adolescence in Halifax, and has also lived in Calgary and Moncton, N.B.

Unlike her second-to-last match, Roach went into the final question with the lead Friday. But the Final Jeopardy question was about the name of Atlanta’s airport, right near where Maurer lived.

The category was USA, and the clue was: “These two mayors gave their names to a facility built on the site of an old racetrack owned by Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler.”

The correct response was: “Who are William Hartsfield and Maynard Jackson?”

Roach was wrong, Maurer was right, and she bet enough to win.

“It feels still kind of like a dream,” Roach said. “I really came down here hoping to maybe win one game and so I still can’t believe it. You know, it’s strange, obviously I didn’t come through in the last one, but I still feel so happy and so lucky to have had this experience.”