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Jeopardy! James Sharing his Winnings with Children's Charities

James Holzhauer's streak is over, but now he's giving back to charities in the Las Vegas area.


"Jeopardy! James" is already giving back to the city of Las Vegas, NV after his historic winning streak came to an end.

James Holzhauer steamrolled the competition to win 32 straight games of Jeopardy!, averaging $77,000 a game. He came just $58,484 shy of breaking Ken Jennings winnings record of $2.52 million, set in 2004 (but it took Jennings 74 games to reach that total).

Holzhauer is putting his winnings to good use in Las Vegas, where he works as a professional sports gambler. According to CBS News, Holzhauer donated $10,000 to Communities in Schools of Nevada, the state's branch of the nation's largest dropout prevention program . The organization thanked James and his wife Melissa on their Facebook page .

Holzhauer and his wife Melissa donated $10,000 to prevent teens from dropping out of high school. Photo courtesy Communities in Schools of Nevada.

Holzhauer donated $10,000 to Project 150, a charity that supports homeless, displaced and disadvantaged high school students in Nevada. He's also made donations to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation.

The donation to the library may have been a way of saying thank you--Holzhauer says he prepared for Jeopardy! by reading children's books at the local library. He says they're more engaging and interesting than adult non-fiction books .

The Ronald McDonald House thanked Holzhauer with a video message, fashioned in the style of a Jeopardy!'s answer and question format:

Holzhauer was defeated Monday night by 27-year-old University of Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher, who in addition to playing a perfect game, emulated his strategy of hunting for high dollar answers and betting big on Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy .

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