12-year-old ties for 1st in ESPN bracket challenge

Apr 7, 2015 4:05 PM by News Staff

HAWTHORN WOODS, Ill. (AP) - A sixth-grade boy from suburban Chicago completed a near-perfect bracket predicting the NCAA men's basketball tournament, finishing in a tie for first in ESPN's popular annual contest.

Sam Holtz said ESPN officials told him Tuesday that is he ineligible to claim the top prize - a $20,000 gift card - because he is 12 years old. ESPN requires participants to be at least 18, and he was told he will get a goody bag instead.

The tournament includes 67 games and Holtz missed only six. Out of 11.5 million who entered a bracket on ESPN's website, Sam finished tied for first with 1,830 points after Duke beat Wisconsin 68-63 in Monday's championship game. He entered 10 brackets in the contest.

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