Your odds of randomly landing on a perfect March Madness bracket? Rounded down, roughly 9 quintillion. Quintillion — that's one billion billions. As one betting site put it, "If every person on the planet were to fill out 10 MILLION brackets each, the odds are less than 1% that even one of them would have a perfect bracket."
Comfortingly, your odds as an informed insider drop down to 128 billion to 1. So you might as well enter your perfect bracket in as many contests as possible. For those who don't want to be bothered with nailing 63, check out these more forgiving giveaways. -- By Vera Chan, Yahoo!
Yahoo! Sports Tourney Pick'em
Pick'em and weep. Yes, Yahoo! Sports brings back the Tourney Pick'em promotion, with 10,000 smackeroos for the best bracket. Check out Rule 5 for the point spread on how you can win. The odds depend on the number of entries, but they're better than 9 quintillion.
Pies in the sky. Sign up at Pizza Hut's program, and you'll get yourself an email coupon for a free medium one-topping pizza if all four No. 1 seeds make Atlanta — something that Pizza Hut itself concedes has only happened once, back in 2008. And, if the four make it to the April 6-8 tournament, you gotta hustle: The coupon's redeemable through April 15.
Crunch time. REESE'S isn't the only one with a text entry contest. Text "wheatthins" to 63065 through April 15 or enter by mail for a 55" flat screen TV, Wheat Thins/NCAA branded basketball jersey or a mini-basketball. Find official details of the Must. Have. March Madness. rules.
Pop Physique DVD
Hardbodies. Okay, enough with these complicated snack giveaways. Watching a game should make you yearn to hold court yourself. Well, once again, Los Angeles comes through with another workout called Pop Physique. Like the "Sculpt for Spring" giveaway to get the "Pop Physique: Complete" three-DVD set through March 31st, and you may be one of three winners to get "Cardio Butt School," "Hardcore" and "Original Butt." Oh, yeah.
Cinderella bread. Cinderella herself got crumbs, but you can get the Little Caesars' Crazy Bread "if and only if," the terms & condition say, "a #16 seed beats a #1 seed in the 2013 college men's basketball tournament during the games played on March 21, 2013 or March 22, 2013 ("Conditional Event")." If the blessed event takes place, participating joints will give out one order of crazy Bread on April 8 to each family if you mention the offer and until supplies last.
Napa Valley Grille
SoCal eats. Check your local eateries and beer houses for giveaways. In Los Angeles, for instance, Angelenos have until March 20th to "like" Napa Valley Grille Westwood and/or Cafe del Rey and submit their bracket to win a party for six ($300 value), $100 in dining cards, or an all-expense-paid trip to Vegas for the perfect bracket. (Did we mention the quintillion stuff?)
Penny-pinching prize. Madness even infects bloggers known for their frugality. Uttley's Take, in partnership with a bunch of coupon sites, has a $200 Amazon eGift Code burning a hole in its virtual pocket. You have until April 5 to enter.
Ultimate couch potato party. The blog site She Knows knows to make it simple: Enter your email through March 31 for a crack at $1,000 in its Ultimate BBall Playoffs Giveaway.
Golf bag giveaway
Club sport. Okay wait a minute -- win a golf bag in a college basketball contest? Madness, indeed. Give up your name, phone number, and email to Golf Bag Warehouse, for your chance at an OGIO Ozone XX Stand Bag. You have until March 30.