University of Connecticut basketball fan Corey Johnson made one small bracket error that cost him a shot at winning $100,000 — his final pick to win the NCAA tournament didn't save in the system.
Johnson, 28, filled out the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge on Yahoo Sports’ website and appeared set to win $100,000 for having one of the Top 20 best brackets. Johnson had picked his favorite team, the UConn Huskies, to win the tournament.
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As of Monday afternoon he was in fourth place and was guaranteed to remain in the Top 20 if UConn won against the University of Kentucky Wildcats.
“I had clicked on UConn and hit the save button,” Johnson told The Record-Journal
after Monday night’s game. “I’ve done brackets before, so obviously I know you have to pick a winner. I just said ‘there’s no way.’”
Johnson had apparently saved the rest of his bracket properly but his final selection for UConn to win hadn’t saved.
"It’s depressing," Johnson told the newspaper. “The first thing I did after I got out of school today, I went over and got a hug from my mom.”
Johnson is a student a local technical school where he is studying heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. He said he would have used the $100,000 to pay off his tuition, some other debts, and for a down payment on a house.
A petition posted online asking Quicken Loans and Yahoo Sports to give Johnson the $100,000
had received more than 266 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon.
“May the people and companies responsible for creating the contest reconsider or at least bestow some sort of prize to Corey Johnson,” the petition reads. “He is a great, caring, and selfless person and most deserving of the $100,000.”
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