The odds of picking the perfect March Madness tournament bracket is an insane 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808… Yes, that’s 9.2 quintillion. In fact, you have better odds of winning the Powerball jackpot (1 in 292,201,338), winning a million dollars on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ (1 in 8098), or even getting struck by lightning (1 in 700,000), than your chances of picking every winner correctly in your NCAA March Madness Bracket.
Some mathematicians reason your odds to be more manageable if your a college basketball fan and use historical statistics to guide your picks. For example, a number 16 seed has only defeated a number 1 seed one time since the tournament expanded to include 64 teams in 1985. Since its founding nearly 80 years ago, the tournament has only crowned 35 schools as the winner. The lowest seed to ever win the tournament was Villanova when they ranked 8th, while only 3 teams with a ranking of 11 or lower have made it to the Final Four. If you like betting with a little superstition, let it be known the #5 seed has shockingly never won a championship to date.
Even in light of this knowledge and using other statistical anomalies, these are still outrageous odds estimated at 1 in 128 billion. It’s a feat that no person has achieved to date. Although the odds are seemingly insurmountable, it's hard to resist filling out a bracket each year to guess the winner. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett even offers a jaw dropping prize of $1 million dollars every year for life to anyone that can pick the perfect bracket!
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