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(NEW YORK) — It turns out that when Warren Buffett offered $1 billion to anyone who filled out a perfect NCAA bracket for the basketball tournament that started Thursday he was making a pretty safe bet.

In ESPN’s tournament challenge, more than 11 million people filled out brackets. And now, fewer than 19,000 — or just 0.17 percent of those brackets — are still perfect.

While upset winners University of Dayton and Harvard were considered trendy picks in Thursday’s games, their victories — combined with North Dakota State University’s triumph over Oklahoma University — made for quite the bracket-busting afternoon.

“Everything being equal, the chances of filling out a perfect bracket are just over nine quintillion to one,” said Wynn Las Vegas oddsmaker Johnny Avello, “which is a nine followed by 18 zeroes.”

And we’re just halfway through the second round of the tournament.

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