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Charles Esten Won His Wife’s Engagement Ring on a Gameshow: ‘Lucky’

Charles Esten Recalls How He Won Money for Engagement Ring on a Gameshow

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Charles Esten reminisced about how he won money and prizes on a game show over 30 years ago including his wife’s engagement ring.

The esten-john-b-wards-fight-is-like-star-wars/” data-ylk=”slk:Outer Banks star;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas” class=”link rapid-noclick-resp”Outer Banks star, 58, remembered that after graduating from William and Mary College in Alexandria, Virginia, he was broke after moving to Los Angeles in 1988.

“I’d been in L.A. for 3 months and I was already out of money when I found an ad looking for contestants for Sale of the Century,” Esten wrote on X on Monday February 19.

“Long story short: I got on, and 5 days later walked away with $34K in cash and prizes that included the engagement ring that my wife wears on her finger today,” he wrote. “None of that happens without this lucky speed round.”

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Esten posted a throwback video of him competing during the speed round of trivia questions. With time running out and behind by two points, Esten, competing under the name Chip, rallied to answer the final question and win.

“Time is up and Chip has won it by 3. Wow,” the announcer declared. “A great comeback for the champion.

With the ring secured, Esten married his college sweetheart, Patty Hanson, in 1991. They have three children: daughter Taylor, 28, son Chase, 25, and daughter Addie, 24.

In addition to acting, Esten is also a singer, and he released his debut solo album, Love Ain’t Pretty, last month. He sang in college, and it was music that brought him together with Hanson, now 58.

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