11-Year-Old Hockey Shot May Forfeit $50k Winning Prize

By: John Lester
Published: Aug 17, 2021

The 11-year-old who won $50,000 for a stunning hockey shot may have to forfeit the prize because he was standing in for his twin brother when the contestant’s name was called.

It was all part of a raffle at a charity hockey game in Faribault, Minn.

Fans paid $10 for a raffle ticket giving them a chance to send a puck 89 feet down the ice into a 3-and-a-half-inch goal. When Nick Smith’s ticket was drawn, he was outside, so his twin brother, Nate, stepped in order to take the shot.

When the puck sailed through the tiny goal, the place erupted “louder than a Stanley Cup game,” one fan said.

Nate and Nick’s dad, Pat Smith, came forward Friday to tell event organizers that the other brother made the shot, not the one whose name was on the ticket.

“That’s the right thing to do,” he said in a statement.

“Legally, it has to be the person whose name is on the ticket,” April Clark, general manager for Odds On Promotions, the tournament insurance carrier, told the Toronto Star. “We really are very careful about explaining that it has to be the person.”

An Odds On Promotion human resources representative will research why Nate took the shot for Nick and make the decision.

The Smiths are hopeful for the hockey shot prize and want to put the money into a college fund for the twins.

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