Mattea Roach, Jeopardy champion, happy to pay off her student loans
When Mattea Roach arrived on Peril!, the Canadian contestant surmised that if she managed to beat her competitors, it would take at least a few wins until she earned enough to pay off her student loans. However, as Peril! fans saw when Roach’s episode aired this week, the Halifax native made a savvy bet during Final Jeopardy and walked away with a whopping $32,000. Not only was that enough to make Roach the champion, but she can already eliminate her student loan debt.
However, Roach has had to keep her big win a secret since January when she originally filmed the episode, which hasn’t been easy. “I don’t know if I would win an award for best face in poker, but I think I did my best,” she told CBC before revealing that she still had no fully treated his major manna:
Even months later, she said she didn’t really understand. I still can’t believe it,” she said.
To keep it Peril! winning a secret became a difficult task when Roach’s parents threw a big watch party, just like the proud parents do.
“Some extended family members, like my mother’s aunt, uncle and cousin, live in Marion Bridge and decided to form a group to go watch,” Roach said. “There were people there that I never even met who are just friends and community members there.”
(via Radio Canada)