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Corey Johnson bracket error cost unlucky fan $100K (+VIDEO)

Corey Johnson's bracket error cost him $100k and the story of this devastated basketball fan's huge mistake has gone viral. Corey Johnson had the fourth-best bracket in the US, with the 20 best brackets being the recipients of a $100,000 from Quicken Loans and Yahoo Sports. As reported by Deadline yesterday, 28-year-old Corey Johnson could have been $100,000 richer, but he forgot to click save when picking a winner for the NCAA National Championship game.

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Regarding the Corey Johnson bracket error, Deadspin's Barry Petchesky spoke with the upset fan in a phone interview and Johnson said....“I’m thinking to myself, ‘This is awesome. This is going to be the biggest thing. I can win $100,000,’”...and then I look, and there’s no winner. But I picked a winner. I picked UConn to beat Kentucky, and then I submitted it,” Johnson explained.

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When it comes to making his picks, the Connecticut resident expressed: "I'm an avid sports fan. I pay attention. I'm on ESPN pretty much five million times a day on my phone. I'm always clicking on it. Always looking. Always checking...It's one of the things I like to do."

The Corey Johnson bracket error story went viral Monday after it was covered by several sites. When he realized his costly mistake, the die-hard UConn fan (jokingly?) told Deadline that he would be watching the NCAA Championship game "from a rope hanging from a tree."

Although the fact that he correctly picked three of four national semifinalists, as well as both UConn and Kentucky in the championship game, but failed to select a winner, Johnson explained that he isn't going to let it get the best of him.

“It was like hitting the winning shot, then being told the clock had already expired,” Johnson said.

Johnson said if he had the $100,000 he would have most likely used it to pay for school. "Maybe someone who needs it more than I do is going to win because I won't," he said.

What's your take on the Corey Johnson bracket error story? How would you have reacted if you were in Cory's shoes? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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