Filipino Fan Wins $95,000 At NBA Half Court Shot

A Filipino-American Lakers fan left an NBA game $95,000 richer after hitting his half court heave as the Los Angeles Lakers hosted the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center Tuesday night.

In an article at, Jerald Acoba, 30, from Tulare, Calif., participated in the Aria Big Shot Jackpot by attempting to shoot the ball from the halfcourt in the intermission between the third and fourt quarters of the game.

If that wasn’t enough, Acoba expressed his jubilation on Instagram after high-fiving Lakers stars such as D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Nick Young and Lou Williams.

It was indeed a celebration for him and other fans after the Lakers later beat the Grizzlies 116-102.

Acoba, who identifies himself as a Filipino in his Instagram account, took the shot between the third and fourth quarters as part of the Aria Big Shot Jackpot.

“She’s always been there for me when I need her,” Acoba said in the article. “She’s always there to help me out. It’s my turn to repay the favor to her.”