'Jeopardy!' contestant James Holzhauer breaks own single-game record, winning over $130K

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
Naperville native breaks own Jeopardy record
James Holzhauer has broken his own single-game record on Jeopardy Wednesday, winning more than $130,000.

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- "Jeopardy" champion James Holzhauer broke his own record Wednesday in his tenth straight win on the game show.

Holzhauer earned $131,127, breaking the record of $110,914 he set back on April 9.

He now owns the top four spots for single-game winnings on "Jeopardy" and is second in total winnings, trailing only Ken Jennings,

Jennings won 74 games in a row, winning more than $2.5 million in 2004. So far, Holzhauer has won $697,787.

Holzhauer, 34, is a native of Naperville, Ill. and now lives in Las Vegas, where he works as a professional sports bettor.

Also Wednesday, "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek posted a video saying he plans to return for a 36th season as he fights cancer.

'I'm feeling good:' Alex Trebek gives update on health, ready for season 36 of Jeopardy!

Trebek is fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He wanted to thank everyone for the messages of encouragement and support, particularly the cards he received from young viewers.