BracketBucks is back

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Calvin Kincaid, left, owner of Kincaid Service Company, and Mark Kincaid, general manager, pose with the local prize -- a 40" Sony flat panel LCD television. The national grand prize is $25,000. (T-G Photo by John Philleo)

It's "BracketBucks" time again, and your picks to win the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament could be worth a flat panel television or a grand prize of $25,000. Last year, a Shelbyville man won a 32-inch flat panel TV from Kincaid Service Company and the Times-Gazette and came within a razor's edge of the nationwide cash prize.

The Times-Gazette will again participate in the nationwide "BracketBucks" contest, with both local and national grand prize winners. The local winner will receive a 40-inch Sony 1080p flat panel LCD television from Kincaid Service Company, valued at $2,499, while the nationwide winner will receive a $25,000 grand prize. Both prizes will be awarded.

Pairings for the NCAA tournament will be announced on Sunday, March 15. An official entry form will be published in the Times-Gazette on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17 and 18.

Completed entries may be dropped off at the Times-Gazette or at Kincaid Service Company on Madison Street by 11 a.m. Central time on Thursday, March 19, or may be mailed, with a postmark no later than March 18.

The object is to pick as many correct game winners as you can, from the opening round all the way to the national championship. Points will be awarded for each correct pick, and correct picks will escalate in value for each round. It is not necessary to get every pick right in order to win; the local prize will be awarded to whomever has the highest point total among local entries, and the national prize will be awarded to whomever has the highest point total among all entries.

Last year, Steve Elliott of Shelbyville was the local winner, with 1,992 of a possible 2,000 points. He was one of only seven people -- out of 500,000 entries nationwide -- who missed being the national winner by one point. His big win came the same week he found out he was being laid off by his employer.

August Sander, 17, of Greensburg, Pa., was the nationwide winner, with 1,993 points.

Power Points Inc. of Denver, Colo., manages the contest.

The winner will be announced the week of April 12.

"Last year's BracketBucks was the most exciting contest we've held, for both participants and advertisers," said advertising director Sissy Smith. "It was fun, and it was a win-win situation for everyone involved."

Limited advertising space is available on the official entry form pages; advertisers can contact Sissy Smith, Janis Cannon, Bryan Crosslin or Beth Peissig at the Times-Gazette, 684-1200, for information about how to participate. Advertisers should ask about the chance to win free advertising space by participating in the contest.