Former Los Angeles Lakers guard and current South Bay Lakers player Andre Ingram knows a thing or two about cashing in. He’s the NBA G-League’s all-time leader in 3-pointers, boasts a career 45% shooting mark from behind the arc and shot 2-of-3 from downtown in his game against the Salt Lake City Stars on Wednesday.
On Friday, the 36-year-old guard secured the bag on the hit game show “Wheel of Fortune,” appearing as a guest for their Secret Santa episode that aired.
Ingram won $31,750, missing out on a potential $39,000 by failing to solve the game’s final puzzle. Even though he earned the money, he isn’t keeping it. Instead, a lucky fan will receive the lump sum courtesy of Ingram. After the show, Ingram said that he was more nervous playing the game than a professional basketball contest.
Tonight’s Secret Santa episode was a slam dunk for André! 🏀 He won over $31,000! 🤩 Hurry and check your SPIN ID to see if you won all that cash, too! https://t.co/JB1AVJCnhV @MaggieSajak pic.twitter.com/UM1OKLfH0t
— Wheel of Fortune (@WheelofFortune) December 11, 2021
Ingram is best known for his short tenure in the NBA after a 10-year stint in the G-League. Los Angeles signed him to a 10-day contract in March 2018, and he played in the team’s final two regular-season games of that year. He averaged 12 points, 3.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds per contest, shot 47% from the field and 55% from 3-point range.
He was scheduled to play Friday at 10 p.m. ET at the Stockton Kings, as his Lakers squad looks to extend its win streak to six. Unfortunately, that means he won’t be home to watch the episode as soon as it airs, but there’s always time to catch the replay.