‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Destroys Show’s Single-Day Cash Winnings Record

James Holzhauer’s huge take has special numerical significance

James Holzhauer, a 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nev., just annihilated the “Jeopardy!” single-day cash winnings record.

Holzhauer won $110,914 on Tuesday. The previous single-game record of $77,000 was set by Roger Craig on September 19, 2010.

In addition to being a huge chunk of change, Holzhauer’s $110,914 take has a special numerical significance: His daughter was born November 9, 2014 (11/09/14).

“I said all along that I wanted to break Roger Craig’s one-game record and I did it,” Holzhauer said.

Today’s win was the fourth in a row for Holzhauer, whose winnings now total $244,365. Holzhauer will face two new challengers Wednesday, when he will attempt to win his fifth consecutive game.

“Jeopardy!” is produced by Sony Pictures Television. It is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Television International.

Last month, “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek revealed that he has been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

“Normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging but I’m going to fight this,” the game-show host had said at the time. “I’m going to keep working and with the love and support of my family and friends — and with the help of your prayers, also — I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”

“Truth told, I have to, because under the terms of my contract, I have to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for three more years,” he said. “So help me, keep the faith, and we’ll win. We’ll get it done.”

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