Coincidentally I just had my first tie as well this week-end. A 3 player game with 2 of us ending up with 5 cubes at 18 and our 6th cube at 17. Very frustrating to not have a clear winner I must admit.
Why did the painter paint the wall for free? Because it was on the house.
We had a tie in a four player game. My mother and I both had a cube at 15 with the rest at 18 when the game ended. Since it's likely that I get my enjoyment and skill at abstract strategy games from her, it only seemed appropriate.