Comedian claims request for $1m on YouTube has been answered

Friday, January 21, 2011

LONDON - A man in US, who made an appeal on YouTube for 1 million dollars, has claimed that a mystery benefactor has answered his request.

Craig Rowin, 27, said he was “flabbergasted” to receive a letter and a phone call from the man identifying himself as Benjamin who offered to hand over the entire sum.

Rowin said the cash would not be used for anything specific, and that he just wants to have ‘an awesome’ time.

He plans to prove the offer is genuine once and for all on February 2, when Benjamin will hand over the cheque in person at a theatre in Manhattan.

“It still hasn’t sunk in yet. Do I deserve it? I have no idea. Maybe not. But there’s so much wealth - let me have a chunk,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

In a series of YouTube appeals which have been viewed tens of thousands of times, Rowin set out his plan in the most basic of terms.

“Millionaires, listen up, I have a proposition. You have millions and millions of dollars. Please give me a million,” he said.

He listed and asked dozens of wealthy individuals, including Lady Gaga, Warren Buffett, Nelson Mandela, James Earl Jones, and actor Will Smith’s kids, who he claimed could make him rich if they wanted to.

He also appealed to the Chilean miners for money and apologised if they weren’t millionaires.

His latest YouTube video shows him wearing a tuxedo and bow tie with a bottle of champagne on a table.

“I’m back but I’m not going to ask for a million dollars, because of this,” he said before playing a voice recording from his benefactor.

“Hi Craig, Benjamin, I was hoping to catch you in person. I want to talk about how to make you a millionaire,” the caller said.

Rowin also showed off a notarised letter from Benjamin’s lawyer saying that he would owe him nothing in exchange for the 1 million dollars.

“On February 2 I will be a one millionaire. Now here is a couple of seconds for you to resent me,” he added on the video clip. (ANI)

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