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Tue January 21, 2014
Pick a perfect March Madness bracket, win $1 billion (say people seeking attention)
You're more likely to get struck by lightning, but what the heck.
The odds of you picking a perfect NCAA bracket vary.
Some say it's 1 in 9.2 quintillion.
In his video, this math professor says there's a 1 in 128 billion chance of picking a perfect bracket. He says the odds are a smidge better given that you would follow the rankings.
The organizers of the contest say the odds are better - 1 in 4.3 billion. (There's no indication of how those odds were calculated.)
If you pick a perfect bracket, they'll give you a billion dollars. More specifically, they'll give you $25 million a year for 40 years, or a one-time payment of $500 million.
So there isn't much in it for you, but there's a lot of free publicity for them (you'll see them in your Facebook feed, or on the Google).