Naperville Native Breaks Single-Day Record On 'Jeopardy!'

Mike Krauser
April 10, 2019 - 12:39 pm

CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP/WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A Naperville native is making an impression this week on Jeopardy. 

James Holzhauer, a 34-year-old professional sports gambler, won more than $110,000 on "Jeopardy!" on Tuesday, breaking the record for single-day cash winnings on the trivia television game show.

He is a math whiz, who said he reads children's books to get the jist of some topics that are of little interest.

The show said in a statement that James Holzhauer won $110,914 during the episode. The previous episode record of $77,000 was set by Roger Craig in 2010.

Tuesday's win was the fourth consecutive victory for Holzhauer, whose winnings total more than $244,000. He will face two new challengers Wednesday.

Holzhauer said while he was a math major at University of Illinois, his real major was online gambling. He is now a sports gambler, living in Las Vegas.  

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek revealed in March that he was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, but said he intends to fight the disease and keep on working.

The episode that aired Tuesday was taped Feb. 11.