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December 12, 2012

Americans finding dozens of ways to mark 12-12-12

NORMAN — A Michigan sixth-grader will put aside her nerves and get her ears pierced on her 12th birthday. Two law-enforcement officials will exchange wedding vows at 12:12 p.m. in Pittsburgh’s federal courthouse. And gamblers can take advantage of promotions some casinos are using to lure in patrons who want to test their luck.

With a once-a-century date arriving Wednesday, some people across the United Stated are betting on good fortune for 12-12-12.

In central Oklahoma, Lucky Star Casino in Concho and Clinton is planning to give away $12,000 every hour. While in New England, Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut will offer $12 in free slots play to rewards cards members who sink $12 into the slots.

A southwestern Michigan casino is also betting that 12-12-12 is going to be a lucky day for opening its new hotel. A ribbon-cutting is planned for 12:12 p.m. Wednesday for the eight-story, 242-room hotel at FireKeepers Casino near Battle Creek.

Hours later, Anna Gandy, of Battle Creek, Mich., will head to the Lakeview Square Mall after school lets out. She realized last year that she would turn 12 on 12-12-12, her father, Bryan Gandy, said Tuesday. But between her sports team commitments and nerves, Anna decided to wait until Wednesday to get her ears pierced.

“She’s been looking forward to it for a year,” her dad said of the special birthday. “She obviously likes the number 12.”

For pro football fans, Wednesday’s date also will carry special meaning.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wears No. 12, and the Wisconsin state Legislature has designated the day Aaron Rodgers Day in honor of the Super Bowl winner and last year’s MVP. Some businesses are encouraging employees to wear Rodgers jerseys and make $12 donations to a charity fund.

Vicki MacKinnon, who practices numerology, the study of the occult significance of numbers, said today’s date represents two energies merging, including masculine and feminine energies.

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