published on January 4, 2017 - 4:40 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
A 30-year-old Tulare resident hit a big-time shot at last night’s Lakers game at the Staples Center, winning $95,000 in the process.


Jerald Acoba posted video on his Facebook page of the fateful half-court shot last night as it was featured No. 10 on ESPN SportsCenter’s top 10 plays of the day. The shot bounced off the backboard and spun around the hoop before going in as part of the Aria Big Shot Jackpot sponsored by the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Acoba celebrated on the court with Lakers players Nick Young, Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell after the shot, according to a report from the team.

Acoba said he plans to buy his mother a new car with the winnings. He said her current van has gotten old and needs an upgrade.

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

Acoba added that he attended the game with his wife and nieces, and was taking pictures with the Laker Girls when he was asked if he wanted to take the shot.

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