This month, Nate Smith, 11, had a dream come true for a little boy. He made an 89-foot shot at a charity hockey event in Fairbault, Minnesota for a $50,000 prize. He had taken his twin brother Nick’s place when Nick went outside shortly before his name was called. Now the company, Odds on Promotion, is saying that he cannot receive the prize because it was not his ticket.
The company will make a $20,000 contribution to charity in his name instead. Why not $50,000? Moreover, since the boys have identical DNA signature, couldn’t this be viewed from a socio-biological standpoint as a gray area?
The father, Pat Smith, did the honest thing the next day and said that it was actually the other twins’ ticket and that sent the company lawyers to work. The rules say that it must be the ticket of the person participating — an understandable rule since you could enlist a ringer. However, this was his twin brother who had stepped out of the stadium.
What do you think?