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12-Year-Old Comes In First Out Of 11.57 Million in ESPN’s Bracket Challenge



Duke’s 68-63 win over Wisconsin in the NCAA National Championship Game earlier this week made one sixth-grader’s dreams come true. Sam Holtz, 12, of Lake Zurich,¬†Illinois earned the top spot that night in ESPN’s Bracket Challenge, beating out 11.57 million others.

Holtz said to WLS-TV, “Just rushed right through it. I think it was all skill, some people say it was luck, but I think I studied enough.”

The problem, however, is that Holtz falls six years short of the website’s rule that participants must at least be 18-years-old. The boy said his father helped him enter the contest and gave him permission to use his email. It is still unclear, though, if Holtz will be able to take home the top prize:¬†$20,000 Best Buy gift card and a trip to the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

Holtz is tied for first in the challenge, and ESPN said a raffle will choose the contest winner from the top entries.

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