Twin Impostor Won’t Get Hockey Shot Cash
September 1, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
FARIBAULT, Minn., Sept. 1 (UPI) — A Minnesota 11-year-old who made a $50,000-winning hockey shot while posing as his twin brother will not receive the money, the event’s insurance company said.
Odds on Promotions said it spent three weeks considering whether Nate Smith, 11, would receive the money for making the shot Aug. 11 at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minn., and officials decided not to give him the cash due to contractual breaches and legal implications, NBC “Today” reported Thursday.
Pat Smith, father of Nate and his two brother, Nick, said Nick won a $10 raffle for the chance to attempt the shot during the charity hockey game, but the boy was out of the stadium so he encouraged Nate to take his place.
Nate Smith made the shot, but the father encouraged the boys to tell organizers the truth the following day.
“I think they learned that honesty is always the best policy, and you can never go wrong telling the truth,” Pat Smith said.
Odds on said in lieu of paying the prize money, it will make donations of $20,000 each to the Faribault Youth Hockey Association and the Owatonna Youth Hockey Association.