Casino gives $1 million to wrong man

What's in a name? $1 million. (Image from wcpo.com)

What's in a name? $1 million. (Image from wcpo.com)

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.

18 comments Add your comment

Fred

August 12th, 2013
2:55 pm

Well, a hearty congratulations to both Kevin Lewis’. And a thank you to Horseshoe for doing the right thing. (Despite it’s troubles, I’ve always enjoyed my time at original Binion’s Horseshoe in Las Vegas, and my two visits to Horseshoe in MS.)

JB

August 12th, 2013
3:14 pm

Tells you a lot about the money being made by Casino’s. Hell just give HIM a million also….Are you kidding me.

Al

August 12th, 2013
3:30 pm

Mr. Mathis, I see right through your first paragraph buddy. Stop being judge mental. smh

Al

August 12th, 2013
3:30 pm

*judgemental

Charles Douglas Edwards

August 12th, 2013
3:57 pm

CONGRATULATIONS Kevin Lewis !!!
CONGRATULATIONS Kevin Lewis !!!

$1.000,000
$1,000,000

Great ethical move by the Horseshoe Casino to do the right thing.
Great ethical move by the Horseshoe Casino to do the right thing.

R. DeNiro

August 12th, 2013
4:12 pm

He may be receiving a visit from Joe Pesci soon.

MeaneyMouse

August 12th, 2013
4:20 pm

Made it ma, top o theWORLD

Me

August 12th, 2013
4:21 pm

I might have to visit the Horseshoe Casino if I get a chance. I like a company that does the right thing.

max bootler

August 12th, 2013
4:28 pm

Horseshoe much better than Fitzgerald in Tunica ’s, Charged WWII and Korean War vet for meal he had a coupon for,n

GRAPHITE

August 12th, 2013
4:31 pm

Why not giving the Teamsters Pension Fund back the millions you mobsters took to build the casinos?

Not Disappointed`

August 12th, 2013
4:49 pm

Good for both of them!
The Casino will do well in the future because of the mix up!

dawg52

August 12th, 2013
6:17 pm

HEADING TO CINCY……….lololol

dawg52

August 12th, 2013
6:21 pm

Heading to Cincy!!!!! Cudos to the casino for doing the right thing. Congrats to the two winners

american american

August 12th, 2013
6:23 pm

See folks, that is a much better name than “my parents are ignorant and I have to suffer with this name the rest of my life”. You know what names I am referring to. I am a small business owner and those stupid names on resume’s go in the trash with all of the other dumb masses.

Congratulations to anyone that wins! I am a winner too.

Al "lard butt" (aka race pimp) Sharpton!!!!

August 12th, 2013
7:00 pm

Mr Mathis sucks, his bias is so clear, even the AJC allows “non registered” comments to his drivel.

Suzanne baetzhold

August 12th, 2013
7:38 pm

Now that is class

Nater

August 12th, 2013
7:46 pm

The publicity they gained by giving that extra million would have cost them more than million. I never heard of that casino until now. And, their “the customer first” makes me incline to stop by if I’m in the neighborhood. Smart business move. Just imagine the negative publicity of NOT giving both the guys the money. It would take $10 million dollars to fix that problem, if it could be fixed at all.

Bumper

August 13th, 2013
8:10 pm

Yep under the circumstances the casino handled it the right way. You can bet they’ll tweak their winner identification methodology so there’s not another $1 million mistake in the next drawing.