Wednesday, April 8, 2015

12-year-old who won ESPN's March Madness Challenge can’t collect $20G prize

Twelve-year-old Sam Holtz tied for first place out of 11.57 million entries in ESPN's Tournament Challenge to become eligible for a random raffle to win the grand prize. But even if selected, Holtz is too young to collect the $20,000 Best Buy gift card and trip to Hawaii for the 2015 Maui Invitational.

Unfortunately for Holtz, the rules also say entrants must be at least 18 years old to be eligible.

The sixth-grader, from Lake Zurich, Illinois, entered 10 brackets in total and beat out all but one of the other hopeful bracketologists. The contest limits entrants to U.S. citizens over 18 years of age, so Sam used his father's email address to enter.

After Duke's 68-63 win Monday — a game he watched with his baseball team — Sam ended up on top one-percent of the leaderboard, tied with one other person.

"I didn't even think I'd get in the top 100,000 when I first made a bracket. I just make 'em for fun. I didn't think I'd make it this far, so it's incredible," Sam said.

If young Holtz does win the lottery, he hopes his father will be able to collect the prize.

And his technique for picking the winning teams: "I think it was mostly luck," he told WGNTV. "I don't even watch the season at all."

Isn't it always that guy?

So what would Sam do with the winnings? What else? He'll buy an Xbox, he said.

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