SoCal fan wins $100,000 at Lakers-Raptors game by sinking half-court shot

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Thursday, January 11, 2024
Lakers fan wins $100,000 after sinking half-court shot
A Lakers fan from Redlands is $100,000 richer after sinking a half-court shot at Tuesday's game against the Raptors.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- One Lakers fan is now $100,000 richer after sinking a half-court shot during Tuesday's game against the Toronto Raptors.

The lucky winner is 34-year-old Fidel Olmos from Redlands.

He made it look easy, but Olmos said he's only made two half-court shots in his life while messing around at the gym. And he never played on a basketball team.

He is, however, a lifelong fan of Kobe Bryant.

"I was channeling my inner Kobe and I was just locked in," he recalled. "They were telling me stuff, I couldn't see people I couldn't hear anything. I was just focused on the shot."

Olmos and his wife decided at the last minute to go to the game, buying $40 tickets in the nosebleed section. They got there early and a man in a suit approached him and asked if he wanted to take a shot for $100,000.

With the money secured, Olmos returned to his job as a surgical technician Wednesday and intends to pay off bills and potentially plan a winter vacation with his wife.