28 Years Ago Today: Bulls Fan Sinks 3/4 Court Shot for $1M
During the April 14th, 2021 Edition of Today in Rock History, Dwyer reminded us all of the Bulls fan who threw a basketball, and went home with $1,000,000.
In 1993, Don Calhoun was living in Bloomington, Illinois working at $5 an hour for an office supply company.
While attending a Chicago Bulls game, he was chosen at random for a contest to win $1,000,000. All he had to do was make a 3/4 court shot from the free-throw line opposite of the basket.
The agreement was that Don was to be paid $50,000 a year, for 20 years, but that didn't stop the insurance company handling the contest from calling bull.
America Hole ‘n One, the insurance company, said that Don wouldn't be paid on the technicality that he played basketball in college, but they ended up paying out anyway after another sponsor of the game offered to pay him.
Read more at NY Times