Charles Esten Reveals He Won His Wife’s Engagement Ring On A Game Show

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More than 30 years ago, during his first televised gig, Charles Esten hit the jackpot on a game show— not only winning a significant amount of money but also securing his wife’s engagement ring in the process.

Charles Esten Wins Big On “Sale Of The Century”

Back in 1988,  Charles Esten took a leap of faith and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor. He admitted that after just three months in the city, however, financial struggles led him to try his luck on a game show. Esten shared this fun fact recently in a post on X, reminiscing about his early days before he made it big.

“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”,” he wrote.

Taking a shot at the unexpected opportunity, he not only won $34,000, but he also revealed that he won his wife’s engagement ring during the competition.

“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.” 

“None of that happens without this lucky speed round,” he adds before sharing a clip of that moment.

A throwback video showcases the nail-biting speed round where Esten won the entire game by just a three point lead.

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


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Since this pivitol moment in his career, Charles Esten and his wife, Patty Hanson, have stood strong through thick and thin, celebrating over 30 years of marriage. The couple also have three children— Taylor, Chase, and Addie.

Watch the clip of Charles Esten winning “Sale Of The Century” in 1988 below.

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