Yale University computer science Ph.D. student Matt Amodio\u2019s 38-game winning streak on television quiz show \u201cJeopardy!\u201d came to an end on Oct. 11 when he finished in third place with $5,600. His victory spree was cut short by Jonathan Fisher, an actor from Coral Gables, Fla., who earned $29,200 over fellow competitor Jessica Stephens, a statistical research specialist from Nashville, Tenn. Stephens led the game at several points but finished in second place with $28,799. Fisher earned an early advantage after hitting two \u201cDaily Double\u201d clues in the \u201cDouble Jeopardy!\u201d round. Also helping to place Fisher and Stephens ahead of Amodio was the \u201cFinal Jeopardy!\u201d category and clue. The final category was \u201cCountries of the World,\u201d and the clue was \u201cNazi Germany annexed this nation & divided it into regions \u00a0of The Alps & The Danube; The Allies later divided it into 4 sectors.\u201d Both Fisher and Stephens correctly guessed \u201cWhat is Austria?\u201d while Amodio incorrectly responded.\u00a0 Amodio said in a press release that his final game was only a matter of time. \u201cEverybody's so smart and so competent that this could happen any game,\u201d Amodio said. \u201cAnd this time it did.\u201d But before Amodio\u2019s time on the show drew to a close, he earned \u201cJeopardy!\u201d Hall of Fame status and broke records in the process. He began his 38-game stay on the show on July 21, 2021 when he faced Josh Saak, a traffic engineer from Boise, Id. who was the three-day returning champion, and Kansas middle school teacher Elizabeth Devereaux. Amodio dethroned Saak by a margin of $15,595, earning $40,400 in his debut appearance. The host when Amodio began his stint on the show was Robin Roberts of \u201cGood Morning America.\u201d Since then, the artificial intelligence student earned a total of $1,518,601 in winnings, and surpassed previous "Jeopardy!" contestant James Holzhauer on the show's list of all-time consecutive games won. This also placed him only behind Ken Jennings\u2019 74-game streak on the show\u2019s Hall of Fame list. Amodio also landed in the number three spot on the \u201cJeopardy!\u201d list of all-time non-tournament cash winnings, placing behind Holzhauer\u2019s $2,462,216 and Jennings\u2019 $2,520,700. Amodio told Hearst Connecticut in an email that his strategy for competing on the show was based in part on watching previous \u201cJeopardy!\u201d champions navigate the clues and categories.\u00a0 \u201cI took a lot of my clue selection strategy from thinking probabilistically and statistically, which are core to my academic studies, so I was well positioned for that,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are people who discuss these strategies online, and James Holzhauer was a great example of how to implement them. I thought a lot about this ahead of time, as it\u2019s a huge part of the game, but I continued to hone it as I gathered more experience playing.\u201d He also attributes his method for answering to his educational background in addition to his personal interests.\u00a0 \u201c\u2026My computer science training helped me develop strategies like saying \u2018What's\u2026?,\u2019\u201d he noted. \u201cBut I think really the thing that has helped me most is my love of reading. I love learning about everything I can find.\u201d Amodio\u2019s knowledge drew praise from Gov. Ned Lamont back in August, who told the former reigning champion via video chat that he was \u201cshowing how smart we are in Connecticut.\u201d The Yale student\u2019s newfound fame was further cemented that same month when he earned the coveted status of a \u201cverified\u201d account on Twitter.\u00a0 This influx of attention has been something of an adjustment, Amodio told Hearst Connecticut.\u00a0 \u201cI have been very uncomfortable!\u201d he said in a previous email interview. \u201cI\u2019m an introverted person at heart, and maybe over enough time I would get used to this amount of attention, but that time has certainly not come yet. I still get chills when I see an article written about me. Me? Me, me?\u201d Following the conclusion of his \u201cJeopardy!\u201d winning streak, Amodio said the whole experience was a dream come true.\u00a0 \u201cI always wanted to be a \u2018Jeopardy!\u2019 champion, and I accomplished that,\u201d Amodio said in a release. \u201cI know going into every bar trivia game that I play that I'm going to come in with a little intimidation factor. But also, I just like the badge that it represents. As somebody who prioritizes knowledge and knowing things, this is really a good one to have following me everywhere.\u201d\u00a0\u201cJeopardy!\u201d said Amodio will return for the next Tournament of Champions.