Parents who name their children “Messiah” or something no human can hope to spell successfully on the first try need to be reminded that common names have advantages.
Take the case of boring ole “Kevin Lewis,” who, just because he has the same name as hundreds of other men, is today $1 million richer.
The Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati had planned to give away $1 million Saturday to the lucky winner of a drawing. In front of TV cameras and a crowd of expectant guests, an announcer boomed: “Our next millionaire is Kevin Lewis!” writes Cincinnati’s Channel 9.
That’s when one of at least two Kevin Lewises who’d entered the giveaway went nuts, excitedly hugged his fiancee and posed for TV cameras as Cincinnati’s newest millionaire.
The actual winner, another Kevin Lewis, 50, was at home.
The casino realized its mistake after the cameras had rolled, but decided to let both men keep their million.
“This was our blunder,” said Horseshoe Cincinnati Senior Vice President and General Manager Kevin Kline. “So, consistent with our commitment to do the right thing for our guests, Horseshoe awarded a $1 million prize to each of the men.”
The name Bob Smith is sounding pretty good right now.