This file image made from video and provided by Jeopardy Productions, Inc. shows "Jeopardy!" contestant James Holzhauer on an episode that aired on April 17, 2019. On his 14th appearance Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Holzhauer eclipsed the $1 million mark in winnings. (Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via AP)

'Jeopardy James' Squeaks By To Keep Record-Breaking Streak Alive

James Holzhauer is just shy of $2 million in total winnings.

May 23, 2019 - 8:00 pm
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WWJ -- "Jeopardy!" contestant James Holzhauer's streak is still alive.

But it almost came to an end on Thursday's episode, as he held just a $5,400 lead heading into Final Jeopardy, with his 25-day winning streak on the line. 

Luckily for him, he was up on his knowledge about jazz music.

The final clue was “In one account, this song began as directions written out for composer Billy Strayhorn to Duke Ellington’s home in Harlem.” Both Holzhauer and challenger Nate Scheffey, a technology consultant from New York, knew the correct answer: "What is 'Take the A Train?"

In the end, Holzhauer wagered enough -- $20,908 of his $31,200 -- to come away with the win and wiped the sweat from his brow. Scheffey bet $10,000 of his $25,800 winnings, a calculated wager that would have given him the win had the "Jeopardy!" phenom slipped up.

Holzhauer has now racked up 26 straight wins. While he's still a distant second to "Jeopardy!" legend Ken Jennings' 74-game win streak, he is approaching his all-time record for total winnings of more than $2.5 million. As of Thursday's episode, Holzhauer's total winnings are $1,991,135.