(AP) - 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 today, some people across the United States are betting on good fortune for 12-12-12.
In New England, Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut will offer $12 in free slots play to rewards card members who sink $12 into the slots.
Signage for the “12-12-12” concert is displayed on the Madison Square Garden jumbotron Tuesday in New York.
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. today 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 today to get her ears pierced.
"She's been looking forward to it for a year," he said of the special birthday. "She obviously likes the number 12."
Fans of some of music's biggest names will feel lucky to see them share a stage today in New York's Madison Square Garden. The charity show for Superstorm Sandy victims has been dubbed the "12-12-12" concert and will include Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Bon Jovi.
For Green Bay Packers fans, Wednesday's date also will carry special meaning.
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.
For Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Johnson and Deputy U.S. Marshal Brian Allen, a federal judge in Pittsburgh will marry the couple at 12:12 p.m. as they exchange 12-word vows.
In Las Vegas, MGM Resorts spokeswoman Yvette Monet says most of the six casino wedding chapels the company has along the strip are close to fully booked for today.