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Chanhassen woman wins $73,000 on 'Jeopardy!'

She called it the "coolest experience" of her life.

A Chanhassen woman is now a three-time Jeopardy! Champion, winning $73,000 on the hit show earlier this month. 

Emily Sands in a post-win Jeopardy! video said, "It's still kind of unreal" but called it the "coolest experience" of her life.  

Fans of the show took note of Sands' gameplay, which included big bets and aggressive wagering.

"I've noticed that when I watch Jeopardy! that women typically tend to bet less and I thought, you know, I'm not going to leave any money on the table. I'm here to play Jeopardy! and hopefully win, and some of them went really well for me. Some of them didn't but that's playing the game."

She said playing the game was "so much fun" and playing the game was "just joy," but she did say she was sad she never got to meet longtime Alex Trebek, who died in November. 

The guest hosts while Sands was on the show included journalists Anderson Cooper and Bill Whitaker.

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In an interview with the Chanhassen Villager, Sands said she's always been a fan of the show and decided to apply in July 2019. It was a two-year process from her online application to when the show aired earlier this month, noting she fled the episodes in late February and March.  

While Sands lost her fourth game on the show, she told the paper "it was the experience of a lifetime" and she plans to use her winnings to do updates on her home and for travel once the pandemic is over.

"It's crazy because you watch these shows and somebody wins — so why not me, why not you? Give it a shot," she added. 

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