Gilbert Arenas Says He Won $300K in Lottery After Encounter with Homeless Man

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2020

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - JUNE 29: Gilbert Arenas #0 of Enemies drives to the basket against Ball Hogs during week two of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Spectrum Center on June 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/BIG3/Getty Images)
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Karma apparently smiled upon former Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas.

In an Instagram post Sunday (NSFW language), Arenas recounted an interaction he had with a man at a gas station. The man had asked for money, but Arenas was looking to spend the $10 in cash he had on gas before heading to where he usually purchases lottery tickets.

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After promising a less-fortunate man that he would give him a cut if he won the Mega Millions, Gilbert Arenas wins $300k the next day! How crazy 🤯 https://t.co/nnTlPyWesF

The three-time All-Star said he'd be willing to give him $5 and purchase $5 worth of gas, an offer the man declined because he said Arenas wouldn't make the trip on $5. The man told him to keep the $10 and joked that he owed $20 instead when he cashed in.

Arenas reached his final destination, only to discover the gas station was closed, thus preventing him from getting a ticket.

Arenas awakened the next morning to learn he won $300,000 from California's Mega Millions draw on May 12. Since he was such a frequent customer of the gas station, the owner had purchased a ticket and selected the same numbers he always does.

Arenas reconnected with the man and provided him with an undisclosed amount of money from his prize.