He and his wife also donated some of his winnings to charity, and Holzhauer challenged other Jeopardy winners to support a pediatric cancer fundraiser - by having his wife crack and egg over his head for the #CrackCancer challenge.
He is only the second contestant in the show's history to earn more than $1m in one run. His hardball tactics included jumping around the board to pick out the highest-value clues - often accumulating a startling amount of money before his competitors could even figure out the buzzer - and then casually wagering massive amounts on Final Jeopardy, with a gambler's easy confidence.
And it looks like we may get a Jennings vs. Holzhauershowdown eventually.
James Holzhauer is on a historic hot streak on "Jeopardy", but is his constant winning taking the fun out of the game? "I knew going in that Daily Double hunting was something that I could do and feel confident doing", she told the Times. She didn't miss, but I was still proud of my performance the whole way.
If you know, you know. It's over now, though, leading the latter to wonder aloud what the six-time Super Bowl champions "plans to eat" on Instagram tomorrow. His streak ended with him narrowly missing the $2.52 million Ken Jennings won on the show in 2004.
Holzhauer finished in second place with $24,799, and Boettcher won the game with $46,801.
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James Holzhauer may finally have been defeated on "Jeopardy!", but he didn't lose his sense of humour. Boettcher led with $26,600 while Holzhauer had $23,400. The third contestant Jay Sexton, a senior research engineer from Georgia, placed third with $17,000. The clue: "The line "a great reckoning in a little room" in "As You Like It" is usually taken to refer to this author's premature death". His total became $17,000.
As a viewer, Boettcher said she kept track of her scores in a notebook, calculating her percentage of right answers.
"Oh gosh. What a payday!"
He said he prepared for the game by reading children's books.
Jennings repeatedly marveled at Holzhauer's run, but joked that one thing bugged him.
The clip was taken down from various platforms after making the rounds on Sunday but it could still be found on social media on Monday. In fact, many "Jeopardy!" diehards believe he changed how the game will be played going forward.
Spoiler alert, "Jeopardy!" fans.