"Jeopardy!" queen's reign finally comes to an end

Alex Trebek, left, host of the TV show "Jeopardy!," poses with contestant Julia Collins, 31, of Kenilworth, Ill. AP

LOS ANGELES -- The reign of the winningest female contestant in "Jeopardy!" history has come to an end.

The game show says Julia Collins lost during her 21st appearance on the pre-taped episode that aired Monday.

The 31-year-old Chicago-area resident accumulated a total of $428,100 during her 20 victories on the syndicated series.

She holds the No. 2 spot for most consecutive wins behind all-time "Jeopardy!" champ Ken Jennings. He won 74 straight games in season 21 for a total prize of $2.5 million.

Collins is the third-highest money winner for non-tournament play on "Jeopardy!" behind Jennings and Dave Madden, who won $430,400.

Collins will be back for the "Jeopardy!" tournament of champions next season.

She lost on Monday's show to Brian Loughnane of Massachusetts.

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