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CHICAGO (AP) - Julia Collins predicted in her eighth grade yearbook that she would someday be a "Jeopardy!" champion.

The 31-year-old suburban Chicago woman has made good on her prediction, and then some.

Collins won her 17th consecutive non-tournament game in the episode that aired Tuesday, becoming the third person in "Jeopardy!" history to reach that point. She has earned a total of $372,700 and is the long-running show's winningest female contestant ever.

Collins competed in shows that began taping in mid-January that are only airing now. She's not allowed to say how long her winning streak lasted, but if she wins Wednesday's episode she'll have a shot in Thursday's show to tie the second-longest streak of 19 wins.

That's still far from contestant Ken Jennings' record winning streak of 74 straight games.

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