- A Filipino-American Lakers fan won almost P5 million after hitting the halfcourt shot
- Jerald Acoba, 30 won the Big Shot Jackpot during the winning game of Los Angeles Lakers against the Memphis Grizzlies
- Acoba said that he will use the money he won to buy his mother a new car
A Filipino-American Lakers fan became an instant millionaire after hitting the halfcourt shot during Los Angeles Lakers’ winning game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center on Tuesday.
Jerald Acoba, 30, from Tulare, California just had the best time of his life because he did not only won cash worth almost a whopping P5 million ($95,000) but he also get to h celebrate his victory with hist favorite basketball team.
Acoba hit the shot in between the third and fourth quarters of the game as part of the Aria Big Shot Jackpot. The Pinoy Lakers fan was the fifth to win the jackpot since the event started during the 2006-2007 NBA season.
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He is the second winner for this season after Travis Milne of Santa Maria, California made the halfcourt shot and won $35,000 in November. The jackpot prize increases for every missed shot after the winning hit of Milne.
Acoba posted a photo on his Instagram account with the huge Big Shot Jackpot cheque. He wrote in the caption:
"Won Big Shot Jackpot $95k at the Laker game! I'd like to thank everyone who prayed and believed in me. Thanks for the continued love and support, still feels like a dream.....best part was high fiving @dloading @juliusrandle30 @jordanclarksons @swaggyp1 @louwillville."
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According to Acoba, he will use the money to buy his mother a car. He said in a report by NBA.com:
“She’s always been there for me when I need her. She’s always there to help me out. It’s my turn to repay the favor to her.”
Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell was more than happy about Acoba's win. He stated after the game:
“It’s good to see a lot of fans keeping that ‘ice in the veins’ going. I appreciate everybody for that. That’s a lot of money, man. Take care of it.”
Watch Acoba's smooth halfcourt shot here:
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