NCAA March Madness Bracket Contests

March Madness is here! Selection Sunday is in the books and the 68 team NCAA Tournament bracket is set. This means you can start filling out your brackets in order to win some big prizes this year. Below you will find a wide variety of free March Madness brackets with some solid prizes, as well as a few value added brackets that will have some kind of entry requirement, but will have much better odds of you winning a prize.

I will be adding new March Madness contests to this page daily until the start of the tournament, so check back often!

Do you know of a March Madness contest not included on this list?

If so please email with a link to the contest and we will add it right away.

**If you’re looking to bet on the March Madness games, check out our how to bet on March Madness online guide.

Free March Madness Bracket Contests

Here is a list of free March Madness bracket contests from around the web.  These contests are generally open to only American or Canadian (or both) residents and you can check this in the eligibility section.  I’ve rated each of the contests mainly based on their prizes and the number of probable entries (I am just estimating the number of entries).  Obviously the bigger the prize the better and the fewer the entrants the better your chances of winning a piece of the prize pool.

I’m also not including ‘perfect brackets’ at all in my grading because the odds are so astronomical that the whole ‘perfect bracket’ promotion just seems like a gimmick to me.  For this reason I am not including any contests where the only prize is for a perfect bracket.  That said I do include the perfect bracket prizes in the descriptions for the contests that offer winnable prizes.

**The list is not perfectly organized anymore, due to the fact that I’m constantly adding new contests as I become aware of them.  But this is the most extensive list of March Madness contests you will find online.

  • Nitrogen Free March Madness Bracket 2022
    • Total Prize Pool: 0.15 Bitcoin (approximately $5900)
    • Prize Distribution: Top 30 places.
    • 1st Place: TBD
    • Perfect Bracket: Wins 10 Bitcoin Jackpot (approximately $390,000)
    • Entries: Free (must have account)
    • Eligibility: No restrictions
    • Contest Grade: A
  • Bet365 Bracket Challenge
    • Total Prize Pool: TBD
    • Prize Distribution: Top 250 places.
    • 1st Place: $100,000 USD (or $125,000 CAD)
    • 2nd Place: $25,000 USD (or $30,000 CAD)
    • 3rd Place: $10,000 USD
    • 4th Place: $5,000 USD
    • 5th Place: $1,000 USD
    • TBD Prizes for 6th to 250th
    • Perfect Bracket: Wins $5,000,000 Jackpot (or $6,000,000 CAD)
    • Entries: Free (must have a Bet365 account)
    • Eligibility: New Jersey or Canadian residents
    • Contest Grade: A
  • Degen Bracket Challenge
    • Total Prize Pool: 69 NFT’s (~$41,250 in value)
    • Prize Distribution: Top 3 places.
    • 1st Place: 34 NFT’s (~9 ETH in value – $22,500)
    • 2nd Place: 21 NFT’s (~5 ETH in value – $12,500)
    • 3rd Place: 14 NFT’s (~2.5 ETH in value ~$6,250)
    • Entries: Free (must have a crypto wallet). Max 2 entries per wallet.
    • Extra Information: You mint your bracket as an NFT for free. You can then buy and sell brackets on the secondary market. All proceeds from royalties on secondary sales will be donated to a Ukraine Relief Fund. Check out the FAQ page for more information.
    • Contest Grade: B+
  • Yahoo Fantasy 25K Tourney Pick’em Best Bracket Contest
    • Grand Prize: $25,000 + a Las Vegas getaway valued at $10,000
    • Other Prizes: None
    • Eligibility: 21+ USA residents
    • Contest Grade: C
  • CBS Sports Bracket Challenge
    • Grand Prize: Four 2023 Final Four Tickets + $6,000 ($10,000 ARV)
    • Other Prizes: None
    • Eligibility: 18+ USA and Canada residents
    • Contest Grade: C
  • ESPN Tournament Challenge
    • Grand Prize: $100,000 Cash
    • Other Prizes: None
    • Eligibility: 18+ USA and Canada residents
    • Contest Grade: C

Paid 2022 March Madness Brackets

  • Bracket Contest
    • Top Prize: 1 Bitcoin (~$39,000)
    • Second Prize: NFT: Doodle #9432 (~$26,000)
    • Top 750 Paid: $5,000 for 3rd down to $60 for 750th.
    • Entries: $10 paid entries. Buy 2 Get One Free. 50 Entry Max.
  • $250,000 Bracket Contest
    • Top Prize: $75,000
    • Top 1000 Paid: $30,000 for 2nd down to $50 for 1000th.
    • Entries: $25 for 1st entry, $20 for 2nd entry, $15 for 3rd entry, $10 for 4th to 10th entries, $5 for 11th to 20th entries. 20 Entry Max.
  • $250,000 Bracket Contest
    • Top Prize: $75,000
    • Top 1000 Paid: $30,000 for 2nd down to $50 for 1000th.
    • Entries: $25 for 1st entry, $20 for 2nd entry, $15 for 3rd entry, $10 for 4th to 10th entries, $5 for 11th to 20th entries. 20 Entry Max.
  • 2022 March Madness Brackets Contests
    • Entries: $1, $5, $10 and $25 bracket contests
    • Payout: 100% paid out, winner take all (Each contest group consists of 10 entries)
    • Max Entries: Unlimited
    • Eligibility: Must have 5Dimes account.