Former NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas Won $300k in Lottery and Blessed a Homeless Man

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Gilbert Arenas, once a star point guard for the Washington Wizards, used his lucky break to make another man's day. 👏

If you're one of Agent Zero's over 873,000 Instagram followers, you know the former NBA player lives up to his handle of @no.chill.gil by frequently sharing unfiltered takes on trending sports topics.

Over the weekend, Arenas was unfiltered in a different, feel-good way, posting a story about how he miraculously won the lottery and split some of his winnings with a homeless man. "This caption is not about good deed but about a struggling mans sacrifice and belief," he wrote to start the long post.

According to Arenas, he was in a rush to play his lottery numbers at a gas station in Calabasas, CA before the store closed, though he had to stop on the way to fill up his near-empty car. While at that gas station, a homeless man asked him to spare some change, but Arenas only had $10 on him.

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This caption is not about good deed but about a struggling mans sacrifice and belief 🙏🏾 may 12th I rushed out the house to play my lotto numbers😬forgot my money and the car was on E🤷🏾‍♂️ I had a whole $10 in the car😂😂😂 I pulled up to the gas station to get $10 worth so I can head to (my hook up gas station) and then a struggling man says (hey sir can u spare me some change) my first thought was 🗣PHUCK I don't have time for this shit today😩 so I said mannn I have $10 for some gas and that's it,I have 8 mins to get to the other gas station to play my numbers before it's to late🤯 he says u can play here...I said the other gas station lets me push the buttons myself🤪 he then says how far u going! My brain is saying (the fuck u asking all the questions for ) so I was only going to CALABASAS which was 7 mins away but lied and said Thousand Oaks which was at least 16 mins away so before he did the math on everything I said " 8 mins before the cut off but it's 16 mins away" I said listen I'll just use $5 dollars for gas and u can have the other $5 😇 he then says (from here to Thousand Oaks and back) u won't make it on $5 so KEEP the $10 and after u WIN hook me up with $20! I said are u sure he said yes 💯 I know ur gonna win💯 by the time I got to the my hookup gas station they were closed I guess they closed early for repair so I didn't get to play my numbers😡😡😡 I wake up to a text Wednesday morning saying congratulations U won 300k 😱 I've heard this scammer type shit happening so I ignored the next becuz I didn't get to play my numbers so I couldn't have won shit....I went to the gas station later that day to play powerball that was later that night and the owner runs out saying YOU WON i texted u 👀 I said huh I didn't play yesterday..he said I played ur numbers for u becuz I was closing early and u WON 😱🤯 long story short.....I pulled up on my guy yesterday and gave him his cut (for his safety) won't say the number 🤐he jumped up and hugged me for 5 mins crying and then started to pray💯 I've given back to the homeless BUT never was blessed by one 🙏🏾😇 his good hearted gesture of me making it back home blessed that ticket💯 #happysunday

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After a brief back and forth with the man about where he was headed, he agreed to give the dude a 5 spot. Yet, the guy insisted that Arenas keep all $10 to ensure he could buy enough gas, instead suggesting that he give him $20 after he wins the lotto. "I know your gonna win," the man claimed.

But by the time Arenas made it to the other gas station, which he prefers since they let him "push the buttons" himself, they were already closed.

The next day, Arenas received an unexpected text saying that he won $300,000. Though he didn't believe what he was seeing at first, the owner of Arenas' favorite gas station apparently played his lotto numbers for him and hit the jackpot. What a homie!


Shortly after, Arenas made good on his promise to the homeless man who he feels "blessed" him with good fortune. "I've given back to the homeless BUT never was blessed by one," he wrote.

Arenas is more than comfortable after retiring from the league in 2012. Up until 2016, he was still getting paid from a $111 million contract he signed with the Wizards in 2008.