Current ‘Jeopardy!’ champ Matt Amodio joins elite group by crossing $1 million mark

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Matt Amodio continues to reach new heights.

On Friday, the current “Jeopardy!” champ hit a major milestone by racking up more than $1 million in total winnings.

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The Yale PhD student took in $48,000 by winning his 28th game and now has earned $1,004,001 in total prize money.

The game show celebrated by sharing the news on its official Twitter account and included the caption, “The #AmodioRodeo continues Monday.”

Amodio is now only the third contestant in the show’s history to cross the $1 million mark during regular-season play. The other two are James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings.

"This was beyond my wildest dreams going in," Amodio said in a statement, per Entertainment Weekly. "I knew it was a possibility, but I thought it was a very remote possibility, and to have it actually happen is unbelievable."

The 30-year-old still has a ways to go to catch up to the 2 “Jeopardy!” GOATs.  Holzhauer took home $2,462,216 during regular-season play, while Jennings is king with $2,520,700.

When you factor in tournaments alongside regular-play, Brad Rutter tops them all with winnings totaling $4,938,436.

Amodio’s winning streak comes as the legendary game show weathers controversy over the controversial hiring and subsequent firing of Mike Richards as the new permanent host.

Following his exit, actress Mayim Bialik and Jennings will share hosting duties this season. Bialik is the current master of ceremonies and recently broke her silence on the entire scandal.

“I didn’t realize how much people had such strong and passionate opinions about ‘Jeopardy!’ and what happened to it,” Bialik said during an appearance on the “Today” show. “The Twitter audience isn’t the typical ‘Jeopardy!’ viewing audience. So there’s been some interesting overlap here with how much (the) court of public opinion should weigh in on ‘Jeopardy!’ We’re all learning as we go here.”

Amodio will attempt his 29th “Jeopardy!” win on Monday.

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