Bracket Blunder Keeps Connecticut Man From Winning $100,000

Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 12:56 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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An NCAA bracket blunder cost a Connecticut man $100,000 this week after a computer glitch messed up his final matchup pick.

Corey Johnson, 28, of Meriden, Conn., chose UConn as his pick for the NCAA Championship game in the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge hosted by Yahoo Sports. The only problem? His final selection didn’t save.

"It was crazy at first because I didn’t know anything was good until I got to the Sweet 16, then the [Elite] Eight, then the Final Four where I realized I had three of the final four teams," Johnson told the Meriden Record-Journal. "I thought 'I'm in a good spot.'

"I clicked on my bracket and it just doesn’t say there's a winner," he continued. "I had clicked on UConn and hit the save button ... I've done brackets before, so obviously I know you have to pick a winner. I just said 'there’s no way.'"

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Johnson also correctly picked three of the Final Four teams, seven of the Elite Eight teams, and 11 of the Sweet 16 teams, but it was the final matchup that was needed for the $100,000 payout.

"It’s unfortunate that it happened to me," he said. "I definitely could have used the money for lots of things."

Johnson said he would have paid off his tuition at the Porter and Chester Institute where he's studying heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. He also said he would have liked to buy a new car or use some of the money for a down payment on a house.

Johnson's friends and family have started a Change.org petition aimed at Quicken Loans to give Johnson the money.

"Because his last pick was not saved, [Johnson] is now out of the running like a team that didn't make it to the Sweet Sixteen," the petition reads. "May the people and companies responsible for creating the contest reconsider or at least bestow some sort of prize to Corey Johnson. He is a great, caring, and selfless person and most deserving of the $100,000."

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