W.Va. welder wins $100,000 in Berkshire Hathaway March Madness contest

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OMAHA, Neb. - An employee of a Berkshire Hathaway-owned company in West Virginia won $100,000 by correctly picking the winners of the first 29 games of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's opening rounds.

Berkshire Hathaway, owned by billionaire businessman Warren Buffett, said Monday that 36-year-old Dwayne Johnson, a welder at Precision Castparts facility in Huntington, West Virginia, won the contest that was open to Berkshire's more than 350,000 employees.

Johnson came just short of qualifying for a $1 million company prize if he had correctly picked the winners of all 32 games of the opening weekend.

Buffett says he plans to continue the contest, and he expects there will be million-dollar winners occasionally.

There were 96,108 entrants in the contest this year.

Berkshire owns more than 90 companies, including Geico Insurance, BNSF Railroad, See's Candy and Fruit of the Loom.

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