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ESPN will not pay 12-year-old bracket challenge winner from Lake Zurich

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12-Year-Old Bracket Challenge Winner Will Not Receive Prize

LAKE ZURICH, Ill. -- A Lake Zurich sixth grader put more than 11-million people to shame when he tied for first in ESPN's bracket challenge.

Sam Holtz's near-perfect bracket should have qualified him for a chance to win a $20,000 Best Buy gift card and a trip to the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

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However, ESPN told Holtz he was ineligible to win the prize because the winner has to be 18, and he used his dad's e-mail to enter the challenge.

However, the Chicago Tribune reports SportsCenter offered to let him anchor an episode of the show.

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