News

Warren Buffett’s billion-dollar bracket challenge

Warren Buffett’s billion-dollar bracket challenge

BRACKET BUSTER: The odds are nearly impossible, but business tycoon Warren Buffett says if someone can correctly pick a perfect March Madness bracket, he'll pay big bucks. Photo: Associated Press/Nati Harnik

The odds say it’s practically impossible, so what’s a perfect NCAA March Madness bracket worth? To billionaire business tycoon Warren Buffett, it’s worth $1 billion.

Forget your office pool and start brushing up on America’s top men’s college basketball teams, because the contest is open to anyone.

Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, has teamed up with Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans, to offer the bracket incentive. If there’s a winner – and that’s a big “if” – Buffett says it will be paid out in 25 annual installments of about $25 million.

“While there is no simple path to success, it sure doesn’t get much easier than filling out a bracket onlie,” Buffett said in a news release. “To quote a commercial from one of my companies, I’d dare say it’s so easy to enter that even a caveman can do it.”

If your bracket gets busted but is still “near perfect,” you might be eligible for one of 20 runner up prizes of $100,000 each, but those prizes have to be used toward buying or remodeling a home.

Organizers say more details on how to enter will be released closer to the start of the NCAA tournament, which tips off with Selection Sunday on March 16.

Updates can be found on the Quicken Loans facebook page and by following the Twitter hashtag #billionbracket.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: March 27

beatles

A look back on Hollywood headlines of years past.

in Entertainment

‘Downton Abbey’ to end after season six

This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows, from left, Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore, and Sophie McShera as Daisy, in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS.

Producers confirm that the next season of "Downton Abbey" will be the last.

in Music

Kendrick Lamar’s leaked album debuts at number one

Kendrick Lamar performs at the iTunes Festival during the SXSW Music Festival on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Austin, Texas.

Kendrick Lamar scores his first TransAtlantic double chart-topper with To Pimp a Butterfly.

in Entertainment

‘Empire’ co-stars spark romance rumors

gracegealey

Are Trai Byers and Grace Gealey more than just coworkers?

in Entertainment

Idris Elba could be the next ‘Star Trek’ villain

idriselba

The in-demand actor is in talks to join the star-studded cast of the sci-fi franchise.