A small mistake may cost one basketball fan a very large sum of money.
Corey Johnson, a Connecticut resident, would be in line to win one of the prizes in the Yahoo- Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge — if only his choice for the tournament's winner had gone through, he claimed.
Johnson, 28, said throughout the tournament he was thrilled to see most of his picks pan out — including having Dayton and Kentucky go far in the tournament.
"I'm thinking to myself 'this is awesome. This is going to be the biggest thing. I can win $100,000,'" he said. "And then I look and there's no winner. [But] I picked a winner. I picked UConn to beat Kentucky and then I submitted it."
But that's not what the bracket said.
According to the leaderboard, Johnson had 48 correct picks for 131 points. Picking the correct winner is worth 32 points, meaning the 16 people below him who pick correctly will leapfrog over him on the leaderboard for the prize. The top 20 scorers get $100,000 each.
When he realized the problem, he said, he immediately went to his mom's office for a hug.
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"On the count of three she had everyone turn and say 'sorry Corey.'"
He then went over to his brother's house and the two tried to find out a person to call at Yahoo! — but had little success. Not that he thinks it matters.
"What am I going to tell them?" he said. "'This is my bracket can I pick a winner?' They're going to be like 'no buddy …'"
Instead, he's trying to look on the bright side.
"Someone's going to get it and they're going to [have needed it] more than me," he sighed.
And next year, he said, he's going to not even bother entering the bracket. Not because he's bitter though. "I'm going to contact Warren Buffett himself and tell him to give me $100,000 dollars because I already have this one in the bag," he said.
Yahoo and Quicken Loans did not immediately return requests from USA TODAY Sports for comment.