ESPN will not pay 12-year-old bracket challenge winner

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LAKE ZURICH, Ill. (Tribune Media Wire) -- An Illionis sixth grader put more than 11 million people to shame when he tied for first in ESPN's NCAA 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.

But ESPN told Holtz he was ineligible to win the prize because the winner has to be 18, and he used his dad's email to enter the challenge, according to WGN.

Still, he may be in the running for a not-so consolation prize: The Chicago Tribune reports SportsCenter offered to let him anchor an episode of the show.