Back again, it’s Final Jeopardy!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, yes it’s that time…..time once again for another This Just In edition of:
FINAL JEOPARDY!

Are you ready?

Well then, let’s play!

Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:

MATH

Now, you know how this works.

In a moment, I’ll give you the Final Jeopardy clue.

You will have 30 seconds (if you play fair, that will be when the music runs out) to come up with an answer and remember, players……… your answer must be in the form of a question.

Ready.

Here’s your clue.

9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to one

Good luck. Please click.

Alright players, time’s up.

Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:

MATH

The Final Jeopardy answer was:

9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to one

The correct question is:

What are the odds of filling out a perfect NCAA men’s college basketball tournament bracket?

The number of possible outcomes for a bracket is  9,223,372,036,854,775,808. That’s 9.2 quintillion. BTW, one quintillion is one billion billions.

If we treated the odds for each game as a coin flip, that makes the odds of picking all 63 games correctly 1 in 9.2 quintillion.

A group of researchers at the University of Hawaii estimated that there are 7.5 quintillion grains of sand on Earth. If we were to pick one of those at random, and then give you one chance to guess which of the 7.5 quintillion grains of sand on the entire planet we had chosen, your odds of getting it correct would be 23 percent better than picking a perfect bracket by coin flip.

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