MEDINA — A local retiree won big on the nationwide Bracketbucks contest sponsored by The Gazette.
Jim Vojir, of Montville Township, won $2,500 for correctly guessing the Final Four teams on his March Madness bracket submitted last month.
In a March Madness tournament that featured a number of stunning upsets, Vojir was one of only three contestants nationwide who correctly picked the University of Wisconsin, University of Kentucky, University of Florida and the University of Connecticut to make to the Final Four.
He was shocked to see the live results included in the top spot on the website for PowerPointsGames.com, the company that partners with local newspapers to sponsor Bracketbucks.
“I looked and saw my initials in the top right next to “Medina, OH,” even then I thought maybe there was someone else from Medina with my initials,” he said.
But there wasn’t, and after the tournament ended, Vojir got a call saying he was the top winner.
Vojir said he received a few raised eyebrows from friends when he told them he selected Wisconsin to make it to the Final Four.
“Even though they came in second place to Michigan, I knew they beat them twice during the season,” Vojir said. “I thought they would do well.”
Even though he missed picking Florida and Kentucky in the final — it was UConn that won the championship over Kentucky — his earlier picks were enough to give him the prize.
“Only three of us got the Final Four correct and that’s where all the points were,” Vojir said.
Vojir, 72, got a total of 1,788 points out of a possible 2,000. He clinched the win only one point ahead of a contestant from Shelbyville, Tenn.
If he had a perfect ballot with 2,000 points, he could have received the $25,000 top prize.
The contest was sponsored by newspapers around the country. Entry to the contest was free, with entry fees sponsored by local newspapers.
“I really had nothing to lose,” Vojir said.
Before retirement, Vojir worked as an accountant at the Parma Chevrolet plant before he moved to Detroit and Indianapolis for work. He said he retired in Medina with his wife to be closer to his daughters.
Vojir said he plans to use the money to build a patio for his home.
“We’ve traveled all over and I can’t think of any place I’d want to see more than to just enjoy my yard,” he said.
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