Math teacher Jason Zuffranieri climbs 'Jeopardy!' rankings. Is he the new James Holzhauer?

Charles Trepany, USA TODAY

One math teacher has been been busy schooling his opponents on "Jeopardy!"

Jason Zuffranieri, who hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico, won his 15th game on the show Thursday, bringing his total prize money to $418,343 and earning him fifth place on the all-time "Jeopardy!" consecutive winners list.

Only four people in the game show's history have won more money than Zuffranieri: Julia Collins, with $428,100; Dave Madden, with $430,400; James Holzhauer, with $2,462,216; and Ken Jennings, with $2,520,700.

Those same four also stand ahead of Zuffranieri in match wins, with Madden at 19 games, Collins at 20, Holzhauer at 32 and Jennings at 74 games. 

A recent contestant to hit such a winning streak was 34-year-old Holzhauer, who made a splash by taking the board by storm, going for the highest-dollar questions first and hunting for Daily Doubles. He was finally unseated by Emma Boettcher in June, ending his 33-day run.

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Can Zuffranieri best Holzhauer? The teacher faces off against two new contestants in his 16th round Friday.

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Contributing: Gary Levin and Leora Arnowitz

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