What is March Madness? It is the most exciting time of the year for NCAA men’s college basketball when the best of the best of college basketball teams from across the country are chosen to play against each other every year to prove they are the best in the nation.
This NCAA Men’s Division One Basketball Championship Tournament is better known as March Madness throughout the country. This college basketball tournament began in 1939. Over the years it has seen many changes and it doesn’t resemble anything like its original form. But the end results have not changed. It still crowns the last winning team as the “National Champion of College Basketball.
It is one of the most watched and wagered-on, legally and illegally, annual sporting events in the United States. The estimated odds of predicting and picking a perfect March Madness bracket are out of this universe. Even as space crafts Voyager One and Voyager Two are nearing inner stellar space some eleven billion miles away, this number is only a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the odds of creating a perfect march madness bracket.
The estimated odds of accomplishing such a feat is 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 or more easily stated over 9.2 quintillion-to-1. These odds seem to make the odds of winning the jackpot in the Powerball Lottery or the Mega Millions Lottery at 175 million to 1 very winnable. No matter how much money there is available to win in the Mega Millions lottery, March Madness NCAA basketball brackets are more popular than the Mega Millions results during the month of March.
It is estimated that one in ten Americans fills out March Madness NCAA Basketball brackets based on the men’s college basketball rankings that have been decided based on the college team’s play throughout the college basketball season.
More money is wagered during the first four days of the men’s college basketball March Madness Tournament than the one day single Sporting event known as the Super Bowl. The FBI estimates that $2.5 billion is illegally wagered while Las Vegas Sports Book Operators suggest that $80 - $90 million is legally wagered.
This amount of money is smaller than the Powerball and Mega Millions wagering that take place during the month of March with its multiple drawings. But it is clear that more people on the internet are searching for March Madness Results than Powerball Results or Mega Millions Results. Depending on the dollar amount of the Powerball Jackpot Prize and/or the Mega Millions Jackpot Prize will determine the total amount of money wagered on these lotteries. Obviously the higher jackpot amounts will attract more wagering monies.
The March Madness National Champion Men’s Basketball Team will go down in history and millions of basketball fans, especially the coach, team players, the college student body, the alumnae and college basketball fans in particular will all remember the winner’s name. Unfortunately, hardly anyone will ever remember or even know the names of the lottery winners who may have correctly picked all the matching numbers of the Powerball’s winning results or the Mega Million’s winning results.
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