Want A Million Dollars? Just Ask For It
Article by Chris Barth from Forbes.com This is taken from here:
Sometimes, all you have to do is ask. Craig Rowin learned that lesson the easy way. The 26-year-old New York native took to the internet last November with a simple plea: “Please give me one million dollars.”
As luck would have it, Rowin’s cry for cash found a willing set of ears in Benjamin, a millionaire from New York. As Rowin announced today via YouTube, he has reached an agreement; “He will give me one million dollars and I will owe him nothing in return.” The transfer will happen in person on February 2nd, live on stage at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, where Rowin, a comedian, often performs.
I talked to Rowin today, and he confirmed that he will indeed be receiving a cool million.
“I found out for sure about two weeks ago,” he told me. Benjamin, whose last name will be revealed during a Q&A session at the UCB show, contacted Rowin via, “email, phone call, letter – every means of modern technology.”
“I’ve gotten hundreds of emails, but this is the first one that was legit.”
In the first video, Rowin addressed individual millionaires, asking them to spare some change. “Al Roker, I met you once, remember?” he says, pointing to a picture of his younger self standing next to the familiar broadcaster. “Gimme a million dollars.”
“I remember making the video, and I turned to the guy directing it and I said, ‘You know, we could make one million dollars,’ ” Rowin told me. “ And he said, ‘No, that definitely won’t happen.’ That has been the common thing – it definitely could happen, but also it could just be a video.”
When the first video didn’t work immediately, Rowin expanded his options, inviting corporations to donate to his cause (or lack thereof). He included Forbes in his list of possible benefactors, saying, “Forbes. You make a magazine about millionaires! I think it would be pretty ironic if you made me a millionaire. Please do so.”
Today, with $1 million headed for his bank account, Rowin is likely reveling in the modern age. “Obviously, the internet has prevailed.” He does realize that he’s not breaking new ground at the age of 26, though. “I’m a year older than Mark Zuckerberg. He beat me to it.”
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Rowin’s plea is his lack of justification. In each of the videos, he reiterates that he has no concrete plan for the money. In the first, he simply says, “I don’t need it for anything specific, but I think it would be awesome.”
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