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Man with top March Madness picks forgot to choose champ

By: CAITLIN OPRYSKO, ABC News
March 31, 2016 Updated: March 31, 2016 at 4:48 pm
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James Kiki is tied for the top spot in Yahoo's March Madness bracket challenge, but he forgot to choose a title game winner. (ABC News photo)

Out of the thousands of people who have spent the last few weeks feverishly poring over their NCAA March Madness brackets, James Kiki was not one of them. Yet, Kiki is currently tied for first place out of over 500,000 brackets submitted to Yahoo.

But he won't be claiming the $50,000 final prize because he made one fatal mistake: he forgot to choose the national champion.

The South Sudanese native has lived in Syracuse for the last 15 years and filled out his first bracket ever on a whim in pursuit of Yahoo’s $50,000 grand prize.

Kiki told ABC News that he filled out his bracket on March 17 and had been keeping up with the NCAA Tournament, but forgot about the picks he’d made until last Monday while he was at work.

Read more on abcnews.go.com.

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