Skip to comments.No cash for Minn. boy who made 'miracle' shot
Posted on 08/31/2011 9:40:05 PM PDT by Orange1998
FAIRBAULT, MN -- A Minnesota boy who made an incredible hockey shot during a charity event won't collect the $50,000 prize because his twin brother should have taken the shot.
The company that insured the event, Odds On Promotions, said Wednesday it would instead donate $20,000 to youth hockey in Minnesota in the boys' names.
Eleven-year-old Nate Smith hit the puck through a tiny hole 89 feet away during a charity hockey game in Faribault (FAYR'-boh) on Aug. 11. But it was Nate's identical twin, Nick, whose raffle ticket won the chance to take the shot.
The boys' father, Pat Smith, says Nick was outside and told his brother to try.
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I see no problem with this decision.
They short changed the charity. The game was a skills event and the odds as such. Insurance company trying to save a buck.
Saw this on the local news. It was an incredible shot, but rules are rules.
“Insurance company trying to save a buck”
Totally bogus. Kid should have been awarded the full prize.
If they intended to welsh out on the prize, then they shouldn’t have offered it in the first place.
The kid who made the shot wasn’t the one eligible to compete. Sorry, I have to agree with the decision.
Are there written “rules” that you can’t give your raffle ticket to anyone you want??? Was this raffle ticket signed by the other twin???
Whomever has legal ownership of the winning ticket should be fine as long as the person isn’t part of the group that put the raffle on.
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You can’t give a raffle ticket to whomever you want?
Where’s that rule?
Would they have reimbursed him had he missed?
Probably the right decision BUT- How did they know?
Several years ago - back when the Washington Basketball team was the Bullets, I was one of 3 that got the program to try a shot from half court for a million, if not mistaken, think we drew for who shot 1st and if one hit the others were out. I took the shot from half court line and it stayed in the air till about the backboard, was wide, wide right.
I blamed it on street shoes and I was on a regular diet of Bud at the time so was probably very lucky when I made the lay up for a hamburger or something like that.
Point being I could have handed the program off to anybody and I doubt it could have been ‘traced’ back to me as it was purchased separately.
Apparantly the brothers were asked about it and told the truth?
Sounds like the Insurance company found a technicality to weasel out of paying 30k.
According to the article one kid won the raffle and another kid took the shot. If I were to win a raffle to take a shot of say a 30 foot hole in one and I had a pro golfer do it for me it, well?
“According to the article one kid won the raffle and another kid took the shot. If I were to win a raffle to take a shot of say a 30 foot hole in one and I had a pro golfer do it for me it, well?”
So his twin brother is a ringer? No, the insurance company is pissed that someone actually made the shot and rather than fork out 50k is welshing on the deal.
Had the kid missed the shot, it would have been so sad, two bad. Do you really think that they would have said, whoah, we got the wrong kid here?
Not a chance.
This is why their ‘out’ is bogus.
Seems like a good outcome to me....
Pathetic and dumb. The Odds On Promotions sponsors would have reaped much better publicity for paying out. Cheap bastards.
It’s much better to be a member of a loudmouth minority. A few years ago an illegal alien Chinese couple had the first baby of the New Year and thought they had won $25,000 from Toys R Us. Turns out contest rules said you had to be legal US residents or citizens. The Chinese community raised heck, contest sponsors caved and forked over the 25 grand
It’s a good call. Kids learn honesty, youth hockey gets some cash.
A very good decision. 100 percent in agreement with it.
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