After she became the fourth person to reach the million-dollar milestone, she wrote: “Welp, looks like I didn’t get too rusty!” Her winnings now total $1,019,600.
Host Ken Jennings, a former contestant who won more than $4.3 million on the show, asked her how it felt to be a “Jeopardy!” millionaire, to which Schneider said: “Pretty good.”
Schneider has won 28 games on “Jeopardy,” making her one of the most successful contestants in the show’s history. And she has won more consecutive games than any other female player. “To win 10 and counting — that’s definitely higher than the high end of my internal expectations,” she said in an interview with The Washington Post last year, after she had won 11 games.
Schneider’s influence goes beyond the television screen. Since late fall, she has assembled a sizable following of fans who flock to her Twitter account for witty postgame recaps. She made national headlines when she was robbed at gunpoint last week.
Schneider has also received attention — some hostile — for her gender expression, but her success on “Jeopardy!” has positively shaped how transgender people are viewed at a time when that community is facing deadly threats.
“I am a trans woman, and I’m proud of that fact,” she wrote on Twitter during the Thanksgiving holidays. "[But] I don’t actually think about being trans all that often. … I also didn’t want it to seem as if it was some kind of shameful secret.”
In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Schneider said she has enjoyed connecting with the parents — and sometimes grandparents — of younger transgender people.
“There’s a lot of fear for their loved ones who are trans, and worry that they might be limited in life,” she said. “To be able to go out there and show that I can be successful in a very mainstream type of way has, I think, made a lot of them feel better about the people in their lives.”
Schneider’s rise has helped anchor the long-running show, which has had several hosts since “Jeopardy!” icon and longtime host Alex Trebek died in 2020.
A burst of million-dollar-winning contestants in recent years also has helped the show regain some of its footing. Schneider is the third contestant to win more than $1 million in the past three years. (Jennings became the first million-dollar winner on the show in 2004).
“I thought I could win some games,” she told AP. “But I didn’t think I would do this well.”