Anthony Peterson made a half-court shot at a New York Knicks game over the weekend to win $1,000 in scratch-off lottery tickets.
Fans online called out the Knicks for the prize, which looked diminutive compared to the $100,000 the Los Angeles Lakers awarded a fan the previous week.
YouTuber MrBeast offered to send him $10,000 as congratulations for his half-court make.
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Half-court shootouts are nothing new to the NBA world.
As a quirky bit of in-arena entertainment, teams will often invite fans onto the court to try and sink a shot from half-court. Just a week ago, one lucky Los Angeles Lakers fan won $100,000 for his half-court heroics.
From half-court for $100k?! Evan from La Habra is a @MandalayBay Big Shot Jackpot legend! pic.twitter.com/50lrM74nDu
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 6, 2020
Anthony Peterson, who was plucked out of the crowd at a New York Knicks game over the weekend, was not so lucky.
Stepping up to half-court with confidence during Friday’s game against the Pelicans, Peterson sunk his shot and went bonkers celebrating.
This Knicks fan was hyped to win $1,000 in scratchers with this half-court shot 💰🎉 pic.twitter.com/J815BM537c
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 11, 2020
But rather than winning $100,000, his prize was instead $1,000 … in scratch-off lottery tickets.
“I was sort of like, ‘What the f— man? Some dude just won $100,000 doing the same shit in L.A. and I get some bum-ass lottery tickets,'” Peterson told The Action Network’s Rob Perez. “Still a blessing though.”
According to The Action Network, prizes for Knicks half-court shooters are determined by a wheel-spin made by the contestant. When Peterson learned of his prize, he was more concerned for his wrist than his wallet.
“Well, when they said scratch-offs I instantly got a headache because I was going to have to scratch them all off,” Peterson said. “I thought about who I could hire to do it for me, but then figured they might want some of the money, so I negated that idea.”
After scratching off all 200 of the tickets that accounted for his grand prize, Peterson said he had $500 worth of winners. Had the Knicks eliminated the middle-man and just given Peterson the $1,000 directly, he would have finished twice as well off.
On Twitter, fans roasted the Knicks for the prize they had offered Peterson.
Knicks really gave that man 200 $5 scratch off tickets 😂😂😂
— KDGYT 🧀🦌 (@Official414) January 14, 2020
The Knicks awarding a fan with a 1,000 dollars in scratch off lottery tickets is the most Knicks thing ever.😂😂😂
— MotorcityJO (@BLKDetroit313) January 14, 2020
Knicks really gave a fan 1k or scratch off tickets for hitting a half court shot in the GARDEN pic.twitter.com/7WZnHmQQIW
— Chris Ricks (@CRicks1025) January 14, 2020
Knicks: What could be a better prize than $1,000 in scratch-offs?
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Source:: Business Insider