Cincinnati Casino Awards $1 Million To Wrong Kevin Lewis

11:24 AM, Aug 13, 2013   |    comments
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CINCINNATI -- There is one man who has a million reasons not to complain about his name. That's because a case of having the same name and mistaken identity lead to him getting a $1 million.

The story started in July when Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati announced they would have three separate drawings for $1 million prize. One of the lucky winners was a man name Kevin Lewis. However, when 'Kevin Lewis' came to claim the prize, the one who actually won was still at home. Another Kevin Lewis showed up and was given the money. 

How did that happen? Casino officials told the Cincinnati Equirer that similar personal information as well as the same name led the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati to award $1 million to the wrong Kevin Lewis on Saturday.

The casino officials said since they made the error, they would award $1 million each to the man initially named the winner as well as the actual winner.

Casino officials said human error led to the first Kevin Lewis being declared the initial winner. In addition to sharing a name, both Lewises were about the same age, were residents of Cincinnati and had other similar personal information.

"There were a lot of similarities between the two gentlemen that led to confusion on our end," said casino spokeswoman Jennifer Kulczycki, adding the Horseshoe would bolster its procedures to avoid a similar situation in the future. "It was human error."

State regulators say they are reviewing the problems the casino had over the weekend.

"The commission is doing its due diligence and reviewing procedures regarding the promotion," said Tama Davis, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Casino Control Commission. "All initial conversations confirm it was simply human error."

Ohio law requires casinos to write rules and develop a system of internal controls for running giveaways and promotional events. The commission signs off on both the written rules and the controls governing giveaways.

Ohio law bars casinos, employees or other agents from making false or misleading statements. Casino employees or agents are also banned from participating in promotional events.

The fiancee of the second Kevin Lewis said he had decided not to grant media interviews.

Kulczycki declined to disclose if any casino employees were disciplined for the error.

Kulczycki declined to discuss if similar gambling preferences might have led to the identification error. The drawing was of loyalty card members who can enter the monthly contest by swiping their cards each day for a chance to win the prize at a promotional kiosk.

Card members, however, can win additional entries into the drawing through points built up by gambling.

This is one story where having the same name didn't lead to legal battles of false criminal charges or mistakes on your credit report.

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