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WNY native marks 17th straight 'Jeopardy!' win

Jason Zuffranieri, a former rocket scientist and math teacher who moved from Depew to Arizona when he was in third grade, trounced his competitors Monday with a 17-day total of $472,096 in winnings on the game show "Jeopardy!"

Zuffranieri still has a way to go to match the all-time "Jeopardy!" record – of $2,462,216 in 32 straight wins earlier this year by James Holzhauer.

Still, he held a commanding lead over his nearest competitor from Monday's show, who ended the game with $5,600 in winnings compared to Zuffranieri's Monday haul of $31,200 in winnings, after wagering $3,800 of $31,200 he had amassed before the final round.

Zuffranieri was the only one of Monday's three contestants to correctly answer what was the title of the 1964 Broadway musical inspired by a Marc Chagall painting – "Fiddler on the Roof."

Zuffranieri returns to the show Tuesday to try and reach, or surpass, the $500,000 mark in total winnings, should he overtake his competitors for the 18th straight time.

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