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San Diego's Returning Jeopardy! Champ Runs Away With 3rd Night

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San Diego's own Carmela Chan was so far ahead on Jeopardy! on Monday night that she didn't risk a final bet on Final Jeopardy!

It was Chan's third victory in as many nights on the game show -- and she added another $18,200 to her winnings, which have piled all the way up to $55,401.

Chan, who grew up in Rancho Peñasquitos, Poway and Carmel Valley, was -- no surprise -- a dedicated viewer of the show airing on NBC 7.

The San Diegan first took home the gold -- and a $24,801 payday -- on Thursday night when she correctly answered "Who is Freddy Mercury?" to the Final Jeopardy! question "The N.Y. Times said this late Brit's multi-octave range & operatic quality made 'even paeans to bicycle riding sound emotional.' "

NBC 7 caught up with Chan outside here Sorrento Valley office on Friday to talk about watching the show during family, "seeing Jeopardy! and watching Alex Trebek's facial hair change throughout the years."

Check out our video below of her first winning match and her talking about the experience:

Jeopardy!'s newest champion, Carmela Chan, who grew up in Rancho Peñasquitos, Poway and Carmel Valley, was -- no surprise -- a dedicated viewer of the show airing on NBC 7.

Chan said she was terrified during the taping but she kept it together enough to best her competitors.

San Diego's Jeopardy! champion followed up with a triumphant return on Friday and won again, adding to her winnings with a two-day total of $37,201.

NBC 7's Catherine Garcia introduces us to the latest Jeopardy champion, a San Diegan!

Jeopardy! will be shifting a day on Election Day, so tune in to NBC 7 on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. to see if Chan continues her winning streak.

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