Sign up now for Buffett's bracket challenge

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  1. buddhistgator
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    That's some BS. Have to give them your DOB and answer other questions. Then you have to sign in with either a yahoo account, which you need a mobile number to create, or you can sign in with facebook/google+ at which point they get access to your profile and all of your contacts.
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    Looks like a data mining marketing scam with a focus on gathering personal information on home ownership and mortgages. Buffet is NOT giving away a billion dollars to a stranger. Period. He's not even 1/1000 that generous with family members. Basically, Buffet is wants to pay $2 million for very sensitive personal information on 15 million people that he will later flip into enormous profits.

    Here are the rules which excludes just about everyone:

    QUICKEN LOANS BILLION DOLLAR BRACKET CHALLENGE WITH YAHOO SPORTS
    OFFICIAL RULES
    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.



    CHALLENGE ENTRY BRACKETS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED IN THE CHALLENGE FROM THE FIRST FIFTEEN MILLION (15,000,000) ENTRANTS WHO COMPLETE STEPS 3(A)-(C) BELOW (THE "REGISTRATION PROCESS"), AS DETERMINED BY YAHOO! INC. ("YAHOO").

    ENTRY IN THIS CHALLENGE CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES, WHICH ARE FINAL AND BINDING.

    1. Eligibility. Except where prohibited by law, the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge with Yahoo Sports ("Challenge") is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who: (a) are 18 years of age or older as of the time of entry and located within the 50 United States and the District of Columbia at the time of Entry (including United States military personnel or contractors entering from within a U.S. military installation); (b) as of January 1, 2014 and continuing through the entire Entry Window (defined below), a mobile (or landline) telephone owner under a continuing contract with a service provider for telephone service; (c) that has Internet access prior to the start of the Entry Window and (d) have a valid and working email address during the Entry Window. Internet access is defined to include owning a computer or mobile device with access to the Internet or the ability to use a free computer/mobile device and Internet access provided by a third-party, such as a public library. Eligible persons are not permitted to buy a computer, mobile device/telephone, telephone service or Internet access solely for the purpose of being able to enter the Challenge. You must also have a free Yahoo ID in order to be eligible to participate. Refer to the tournament website, located at http://QuickenLoansBracket.com (the "Website") for any additional requirements. Employees, contractors, directors, and officers, and their immediate family members (parents, children, siblings or spouse, regardless of where they live, or persons living in same household, whether related or not) of the sponsor, Quicken Loans Inc. ("Sponsor"), its subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, consultants, legal counsel, accounting firms, public relations, sales representatives, website providers (including but not limited to Yahoo), webmasters, advertising and promotional, and marketing agencies, and any others engaged in the development, production, execution or distribution of this Challenge (collectively, "Challenge Entities") are not eligible to enter or win. Participants in the 2014 Division I men's basketball tournament ("Tournament"), including players, coaches, and officials, as well as employees of the National Collegiate Athletic Association ("NCAA"), and all of their immediate family members (parents, children, siblings or spouse regardless of where they live, or persons living in same household, whether related or not), are also not eligible to enter or win. Other eligibility requirements and conditions of participation are set forth below in these official rules for the Challenge ("Official Rules"). This Challenge is subject to all federal, state, municipal, and local laws and regulations. Void in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, all other U.S. territories and possessions, and where prohibited by law.

    2. Registration and Entry Window. The "Entry Window" for the Challenge opens ("Start Date") at 12:01 a.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time ("EST") on March 3, 2014. At that time, you may complete the "Registration Process" and begin creating your Challenge Entry Bracket (defined below) if you wish, but you will not be able to populate your Challenge Entry Bracket with your picks for the Tournament (your "Picks") until after the Tournament seedings have been announced on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at approximately 6:30 p.m. US Eastern Daylight Time ("EDT") (the "Seeding Announcement"). The period between the Seeding Announcement and the end of the "Entry Window" is referred to in these Official Rules as the "Bracket Submission Period." The Entry Window will close at 1:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, March 20, 2014. CHALLENGE ENTRY BRACKETS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED IN THE CHALLENGE FROM THE FIRST FIFTEEN MILLION (15,000,000) ENTRANTS WHO COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION PROCESS (AS DETERMINED BY YAHOO).

    3. How to Enter. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE. To enter the Challenge, eligible individuals ("Entrant" or "Entrants") must complete the following Registration Process.
      1. Quicken Loans Registration Form. Entrants must visit the Website, available at http://QuickenLoansBracket.com, to register with Quicken Loans for the Challenge by completing the Quicken Loans registration form ("Quicken Loans Registration Form"). To complete the Quicken Loans Registration Form, Entrants will be required to provide their name, date of birth, home address and email address, which Entrants acknowledge shall be considered Entrant's contact information for purposes of the Challenge. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of an Entrant or potential winner due to a conflict between the personal information provided on the Quicken Loans Registration Form and the Yahoo account information on file for the particular Yahoo ID associated with the Entry (defined below), the personal information set forth in the Quicken Loans Registration Form shall govern. A potential winner may be required to provide proof that he/she is the person set forth on the Quicken Loans Registration Form in Sponsor's sole discretion. To enter, Entrants will also be required to complete a short survey from Quicken Loans regarding the Entrant's potential mortgage needs. As set forth in Rule 3(c) below, at the end of the Registration Process, all Entrants will receive an email at the email address provided in the Quicken Loans Registration Form. Entrants must "click" on the link provided in the email to verify the email address, as determined by Yahoo, in order to enter the Challenge.

      2. Yahoo Account. Once you fill out the Quicken Loans Registration Form, Entrants will be sent to a Yahoo sign-in page. If you are not an existing Yahoo ID account holder, follow the instructions to register for a free Yahoo ID. If you are an existing Yahoo ID account holder, you will be asked to sign in. If you have not done so already, you will be asked to confirm a phone number that will be associated with your Yahoo ID (your "Verified Number"). A Verified Number is required in order to participate in the Challenge. Once you have provided your Verified Number, a confirmation code ("Confirmation Code") will be sent to you, either via SMS message (an "SMS Message") or by voice message. If you receive the confirmation code via SMS Message, your carrier's normal SMS data charges will apply. You must return to the Challenge Microsites (defined below) within 15 minutes after the Confirmation Code is sent to you, and enter the Confirmation Code as directed, or the code will expire. If the Confirmation Code expires before you can confirm your Verified Number, return to one of the Challenge Microsites and follow the instructions to generate another code.

      3. Email Verification. After completing the steps in 3(b), Entrants will receive an email at the email address provided in the Quicken Loans Registration Form. Entrants must "click" on the link provided in the email in order to verify the email address, as determined by Yahoo. THE FIRST FIFTEEN MILLION (15,000,000) ENTRANTS WHO COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION PROCESS AND VERIFY THEIR EMAIL ADDRESS (AS DETERMINED BY YAHOO) ARE ENTERED IN THE CHALLENGE AND MAY COMPLETE THEIR CHALLENGE ENTRY BRACKETS.


    ........... 50 more pages of "rules" here: http://www.quickenloansbracket.com/rules/rules.html
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    Lol WHAT...is this a different Warren Buffett? Not the one who is the greatest philanthropist of our time? Have you not heard of the Gates-Buffett Giving Pledge?
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    There are better odds of getting struck by lightning while simultaneously scratching off a winning $1,000,000 lottery ticket. It just isn't going to happen. Spend your time elsewhere.
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    On second thought, Buffet is clearly targeting sweepstakers, gamblers, and a sea of poor people who play the lottery because that's who will be signing up early and often, up to, and including entire family trees, if possible.
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    Someone calculated the odds at 1 in 7000 that someone will win considering how close people have come before. That's not 1 in 7000 for each person, but the collective mind of everyone. So we could play for 7000 years and not win it or do it this year.
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    I have no idea what you are talking about, but Warren Buffet is NOT giving away 1 Billion dollars to a stranger for being lucky enough to guess the 2014 NCAAT winning bracket. As you astutely alluded to, his philanthropic work is well thought out and not left willy nilly to chance, and philanthropy has absolutely nothing to do with this so called "challenge."

    The "rules" of exclusion make it quite clear about the intentions of this ruse. It's a highly sophisticated fishing expedition for direct marketing leads to the debt servicing industry, that much is quite obvious. Not philanthropy.

    On the other hand, you gotta be in it to win it, so caveat emptor.

    Enjoy!
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    That does seem to be the legit one. :

    Warren Buffett -- one of the richest men in America -- has teamed up with Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert -- another one of the richest men in America -- to award a Dr. Evil-approved $1 billion this year, should anyone submit an NCAA tournament bracket that goes flawless in their forecast for the best event in American sports. The two men are doing it through their companies: Berkshire Hathaway and Quicken Loans.
    The bummer? Those billion bones will be spread out over 40 years at $25 million a pop, unless the winner (and just a reminder, you've got a better chance at leapfrogging Andrew Wiggins in this year's draft than you do picking every one of these games correctly) can opt to take $500 million and call it a day. Either way, can you imagine the taxes? Ugh. I know.

    So they obviously want to make some mortgage money on the bet that no one will win it. and it s spread out over 40 years. So after I win it, I will just see a measly 750 million possibly.

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