A caller used his own initials to win $31,500 in a very unlikely turn of events on KFAN's Power Trip Morning Show Thursday morning.
Every week for the past 63 weeks, the Power Trip team has given one caller a chance to accurately guess what initials would be used for that week's Initials Game, which pits show personalities against each other as host Cory Cove reads clues, with every answer featuring the same initials.
To win the money, the lucky caller has to guess – in the correct order – the initials the radio show is using that day, with the $500 weekly prize money rolling over for every incorrect answer, a streak that has lasted for more than a year.
On Thursday, the initials were C.R., and that's precisely what Carl Rotman guessed.
"Get out of here," Cove reacted. "You guessed your own initials."
And as luck would have it, the Power Trip Morning Show was broadcasting live from Las Vegas on Thursday. The odds of winning is technically about 1 in 676 tries, though realistically the odds are slightly better – Cove suspects somewhere between 1 in 250-300 – because the Initials Game typically won't use letters like Z, X and Q, among others.
Cove started the The Initials Game more than seven years ago, and has since turned it into a board game that is sold at Target. They introduced the chance for a caller to win money 63 weeks ago, with the jackpot increasing by $500 every week they go without a winner.
Cove said a lot of people think the win in Vegas was rigged, but he told Bring Me The News that it was 100% organic.
"In a really strange way, I almost wish it wouldn't have gone off today," Cove said, noting that the timing of the victory happened the same day a kickstarter for two new versions of the board game was launched.
Just how popular is the game? The kickstarter has already generated more than $47,000 – well beyond the kickstarter goal of $30,000.
Cove said he started the jackpot addition to the game 63 weeks ago under the suspicion that someone would get lucky and win once every four or five years. Next week, the odds remain the same with a jackpot of $500.