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Old 01-21-2014, 03:09 PM  
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Berkshire Hathaway and Quicken to payout $1 billion for perfect NCAA bracket

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and Dan Gilbert's Quicken Loans are partnering to award anyone who fills out a perfect 2014 Men's NCAA Tournament bracket with $1 billion.

The prize will be paid out in 40 annual installments of $25 million. If there's more than one winner they'll have to share. The winner or winners can also take or split up an immediate $500 million lump sum payment.



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Old 01-21-2014, 08:01 PM   #16
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:02 PM   #17
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:31 PM   #18
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:40 PM   #19
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The funny thing is I work for a BH company and we aren't allowed to have any office pools, March Madness, SB, World Series, nothing. It's considered gambling.

This isn't the same thing but I find it ironic anyway, so does everyone that found out about this today in the office.
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:42 PM   #20
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Can't for the life of me figure out why it's 2^65 and not 2^67. Obviously, before the play in era the odds were 2^63. Isn't there 16(2^4) ways the play in games can go though?
You are absolutely correct. It's actually 2^67 not 2^65, I wrote down the left column correctly for each but wrote down 2 bits instead of 4 bits for the four play in games like I should have. Number of games played should equal number of bits of possibility....silly careless errors!
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:06 PM   #21
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These contests never ask you to pick the play-in game winners. The reason is simple, the time between selection sunday and the playin games is too short, they want to give people as much time as possible to enter their contest, so they just give you the option to pick the winner of the play-in game, whoever that is.

So, you start out at 2^63. If you want to throw out the possibility of a 15 or 16 seed winning, then its 2^55, which is 1 in 36 quadrillion.
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:09 PM   #22
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In 1993 I almost accomplished this. I had EVERY single game correct until the two semis and I managed to get BOTH of those wrong. Our bracket scoring was so heavily weighted to the semis and final game that I ended up coming in 2nd in points.
The odds of this happening is so small that no one (including me) is going to believe you unless you have registered your bracket with ESPN or a similar contest. (They would then publicize the hell out of it, making you famous even if you fail at the semis). If its not registered, it did not happen. Unfortunately, these big internet tournament games didn't exist back then.

Not saying you are lying, I just think you mis-remembered it or are mistaken.
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:16 PM   #23
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The odds of this happening is so small that no one (including me) is going to believe you unless you have registered your bracket with ESPN or a similar contest. (They would then publicize the hell out of it, making you famous even if you fail at the semis). If its not registered, it did not happen. Unfortunately, these big internet tournament games didn't exist back then.

Not saying you are lying, I just think you mis-remembered it or are mistaken.
Having read many, many of Austin's posts and assertions on a whole variety of topics, I have come to learn that the dude is never wrong. The only surprising thing about his story is that he missed those two games in the semis.
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:26 PM   #24
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The odds of this happening is so small that no one (including me) is going to believe you unless you have registered your bracket with ESPN or a similar contest. (They would then publicize the hell out of it, making you famous even if you fail at the semis). If its not registered, it did not happen. Unfortunately, these big internet tournament games didn't exist back then.

Not saying you are lying, I just think you mis-remembered it or are mistaken.
Don't really care if anyone believes me. I'm not "misremembering" and I know it's astronomically low odds which is why it was a pretty big deal amongst the guys in my dorm (the whole thing consisted of a few dozen guys from Alice Lloyd Hall at U-M) but like I said only about half my picks were based on anything resembling basketball knowledge.
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:27 PM   #25
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Having read many, many of Austin's posts and assertions on a whole variety of topics, I have come to learn that the dude is never wrong. The only surprising thing about his story is that he missed those two games in the semis.
Very funny, but it was pure dumb luck as I admitted. College bball is not really a huge thing for me.. more so than pros but still not something I have ever bothered to keep up with fanatically.
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:13 PM   #26
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The funny thing is I work for a BH company and we aren't allowed to have any office pools, March Madness, SB, World Series, nothing. It's considered gambling.

This isn't the same thing but I find it ironic anyway, so does everyone that found out about this today in the office.
I'm not sure it matters, but Quicken is running the game, BH is just the insurer.
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:58 PM   #27
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:59 PM   #28
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These contests never ask you to pick the play-in game winners. The reason is simple, the time between selection sunday and the playin games is too short, they want to give people as much time as possible to enter their contest, so they just give you the option to pick the winner of the play-in game, whoever that is.

So, you start out at 2^63. If you want to throw out the possibility of a 15 or 16 seed winning, then its 2^55, which is 1 in 36 quadrillion.
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Don't really care if anyone believes me. I'm not "misremembering" and I know it's astronomically low odds which is why it was a pretty big deal amongst the guys in my dorm (the whole thing consisted of a few dozen guys from Alice Lloyd Hall at U-M) but like I said only about half my picks were based on anything resembling basketball knowledge.
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