Local man aims to keep ‘Jeopardy’ streak going

UPDATE: Oct. 9, 9:19 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Matt Jackson took his streak to 11 Friday night, winning “Jeopardy” for the second full week. The 23-year-old paralegal from D.C. has now accumulated $339,411 in winnings, including $50,000 Friday night alone. He will look to get win number 12 Monday night.

EARLIER: Oct. 6, 11:15 p.m.

A 23-year-old man from the D.C. area has racked up eight wins on TV’s “Jeopardy,” and he’s still going.

As of Tuesday night, paralegal Matt Jackson’s winnings total $230,610.

Early in the show, host Alex Trebek asked Jackson to talk about his “very different” parents.

“My mother is white, liberal and Jewish, and my dad is black, Christian and conservative,” he said.

Trebek responded, “Whoa — hello!”

Trebek also called Jackson “impressive as always,” and said to the camera, “Is it too soon to mention the name Ken Jennings?”

Jennings is the man who won a record-setting 74 times on “Jeopardy” in 2004.

The “Jeopardy” website says Jackson was 22 years old when he auditioned for the show.

Before his first appearance, Jackson shut down his Facebook account and reduced his social life “to the bare minimum” so he could spend maximum time preparing.

Jackson will try for nine wins on Wednesday’s show.

Watch the below video about Jackson on the “Jeopardy” website:

The snarky show “The Soup” made fun of Jackson for his slow-growing smile. Watch the clip here:

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