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Former Wizard Gilbert Arenas Wins California Lottery

Jared Block
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Former Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas came back into our lives once again, this time, a lottery winner.

Arenas posted a screenshot Sunday on Instagram congratulating himself on winning $300,000 in the California Mega Millions. He seems to be a regular lottery player, as it appears the gas station he usually plays at helped him out this time.

Arenas, 38, said last week he was on his way to the gas station where he usually plays his lottery numbers, but he left his money at home and the vehicle he was in was almost out of gas. He had pulled into a different gas station and planned to use the $10 he had on gas to eventually get him to the gas station that allows him to push the buttons on the lotto ticket himself.

While at the other station, he was approached by a man who asked him if he had any change. The conversation with the man lasted long enough that Arenas was not able to get to the desired station before the lottery deadline.
Gilbert explained what he was doing and offered the man $5, but the man was concerned what was left wouldn’t pay for enough gas.

Fast forward to the next morning, Arenas was woken up by a text message telling him he’d won $300,000, the second-place prize. Thinking it was a scam, Arenas said he ignored it since he didn’t play. Little did he know, the gas station owner knew Arenas’ numbers that he normally bet, so he played for him and ended up winning more than a quarter of a million dollars.
Arenas said he went to see the man he met at the gas station on Saturday and gave him “his cut.” He declined to say how much he gave the man.

A three-time all-star in his 11-year career, Arenas made more than $160 million in his NBA contracts. The high flying basketball star won once again.

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