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5 Surprising Facts About 'Jeopardy' Champ Julia Collins

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Chicago Area Woman Dominates on 'Jeopardy!'

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Chicago Area Woman Dominates on 'Jeopardy!'

Julia Collins is a 31-year-old business consultant who also just happens to be the most-winning female contestant in the 30-year history of “Jeopardy!”

With her 20th win on May 30, Collins is now second only to top "Jeopardy!" player, Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight games in season 21 for a total of $2.5 million in prize money.

Collins, a history major in college, says the secret to her success on "Jeopardy!" is to, "hit the buzzer like your life depends on it."

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"I have a really good memory and I’m good at the buzzer," Collins said today on "Good Morning America."  "My strategyis really just to buzz in first and answer the questions right."

"It's thatsimple," said Collins, who also she spent time ahead of her appearances brushing up on frequent "Jeopardy!" topics, "like opera and Shakespeare."

Though Collins’ wins are setting records, it is not too surprising for the Wilmette, Ill., resident who predicted she’d become a “Jeopardy!” champion in her eighth-grade yearbook.

We know Collins is a pro at clicking the buzzer, and answering correctly, but what else do we know about the Wellesley College grad?

Here are five surprising facts about Collins as told by Collins herself:

1)      I swam competitively from kindergarten all the way through high school.

2)      I have a collection of Columbian Exposition (1893 World's Fair) memorabilia, including books, postcards and a Thomas Nast cartoon. 

3)      I was a Girl Scout for 6 years. I loved being a Girl Scout, but I hated selling cookies. 

4)      I went to a girls' school and a women's college and am passionate about education for girls. 

5)      I want to learn to bake fancy pastries and decorate cakes. I took a cake decorating class recently and am hoping to improve my skills.


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