Metro woman beats ‘Jeopardy!’ champ by $1 on question about Atlanta airport

ATLANTA — A metro Atlanta woman is the new reigning ‘Jeopardy!’ champion.

Danielle Maurer, a digital marketing engineer from Peachtree Corners, beat Toronto tutor Mattea Roach in Friday’s episode. Roach was on a 23-game winning streak and had amassed a total of $560,983 during that time.

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The craziest part? Maurer only beat out the champ by a margin of $1 during the Final Jeopardy round on a question about Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Heading into the final round, Roach was up $19,200 to Maurer’s $11,400.

The contestants were given the category USA and given the clue:

These 2 mayors gave their names to a facility built on the site of an old racetrack owned by Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler.

Maurer was the only contestant to give the correct answer of William Hartsfield and Maynard Jackson.

Her $4,200 wager boosted her to a final score of $15,600. Roach’s wrong answer and wager of $3,601 gave her a final score of $15,599.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport recently reclaimed its spot as the busiest airport in the world.


Host Ken Jennings assured the audience that questions are written and randomly assigned to games months before contestants are assigned to the games, so Maurer receiving a clue about Atlanta’s airport was just a coincidence.

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By becoming the new champion, Maurer will appear in Monday’s episode against a new batch of challengers to see if she can turn that win into a streak.

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