HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut/AP) — One University of Connecticut fan loses out on $100,000 after forgetting to hit “save.”
Corey Johnson, 28, tells USA Today Sports that he picked Connecticut to defeat Kentucky in the NCAA National Championship game in the Yahoo!-Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge but forgot to save it properly.
“I’m thinking to myself, ‘This is awesome. This is going to be the biggest thing. I can win $100,00,’” the Connecticut resident told USA Today. And then I look, and there’s no winner. I picked a winner. I picked UConn to beat Kentucky, and then I submitted it.”
Johnson reached out to Yahoo!, but to no avail.
“What am I going to tell them? ‘This is my bracket. Can I pick a winner?’ They’re going to be like, ‘No, buddy,’” Johnson told USA Today.
Johnson was in fourth place in the bracket before the title game, but because he didn’t save the winner, 16 people were able to move past him for the $100,000 prize.
“I’m going to contact Warren Buffett himself and tell him to give me $100,000, because I already have this one in the bag,” Johnson added to USA Today.
Johnson was one of just a small group of people who selected UConn to win the tourney. On ESPN.com, just 0.3% of the 11 million brackets entered into its bracket challenge had UConn winning it all, according to ESPN fantasy analyst Matthew Berry.
The Huskies beat Kentucky 60-54 to win the title Monday night. They’re expected to leave Texas at about 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time and arrive at Bradley International Airport at about 3:45 p.m. There will be no public event at the airport.
The team is expected back at the Storrs campus at about 5 p.m., when a championship rally is planned. Gampel Pavilion will open at 4:30 p.m. and the event is open and free to the public.
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