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Saturday, June 08, 2019 1:00 am

'Jeopardy!' juggernaut's generous side

You undoubtedly know about “Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer, whose 32-game winning streak ended Monday, with winnings just shy of the $2.52 million record set by Ken Jennings in 2004.

But you might not know Holzhauer, a 35-year-old professional sports gambler who lives in Las Vegas, was spreading his newly won wealth even before his final “Jeopardy!” appearance aired.

CNN reported last week that Holzhauer and his wife, Melissa, were “making it rain across Las Vegas.”

Communities in Schools of Nevada, an affiliate of a national organization aimed at preventing students from dropping out of high school, was the beneficiary of a $10,000 gift from the couple. Project 150, which helps homeless students by distributing school supplies, meals and clothes, also received a $10,000 donation. There were also $10,000 gifts to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and Foundation.

The Ronald McDonald House in Las Vegas, another beneficiary of the winner's largesse, had fun announcing it. In a video posted on Facebook, a man reads off a placard, “This Las Vegas resident supports families in medical crisis.”

Employees at the charity respond in unison: “Who is James Holzhauer?”