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Retired NBA star Gilbert Arenas won $300,000 in the California lottery thanks to homeless man

Retired NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas won $300,000 in California’s lottery last week after an encounter with a homeless man, who predicted the ex-Washington Wizards guard would win and was later given an unspecified share of the prize by his new friend. 

Arenas, 38, detailed his good fortune on Instagram, explaining that the story ‘is not about good deed but about a struggling mans (sic) sacrifice and belief.’

On Tuesday, Arenas hopped in his car to make his weekly Mega Millions ticket purchase at his favorite store, which he said he prefers because it allows him to enter his usual numbers in manually.

However, with only eight minutes to spare until it closed, Arenas realized he didn’t have enough gas to reach that store and swung into a Chevron station, where he was greeted by the homeless man. 

Retired NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas won $300,000 in California ‘s lottery last week after an encounter with a homeless man, who predicted the ex-Washington Wizards guard would win and was later given an unspecified share of the prize by his new friend

On Tuesday, Arenas hopped in his car to make his weekly Mega Millions ticket purchase at his favorite store, which he said he prefers because it allows him to enter his usual numbers in manually. However, with only eight minutes to spare until it closed, Arenas realized he didn't have enough gas to reach that store and swung into a Chevron station, where he was greeted by the homeless man (pictured)

On Tuesday, Arenas hopped in his car to make his weekly Mega Millions ticket purchase at his favorite store, which he said he prefers because it allows him to enter his usual numbers in manually. However, with only eight minutes to spare until it closed, Arenas realized he didn’t have enough gas to reach that store and swung into a Chevron station, where he was greeted by the homeless man (pictured)

Arenas plays the same numbers every week, which is how the owner of his preferred store was able to buy him a ticket

Arenas did not make it to his favorite store in time and wasn't able to play his usual numbers. But in a remarkable twist, Arenas woke up the next morning with two text messages saying he won the lottery

Arenas did not make it to his favorite store in time and wasn’t able to play his usual numbers. But in a remarkable twist, he woke up the next morning with two text messages saying he won the lottery. ‘I’ve heard this scammer type s*** happening so I ignored the next [because] I didn’t get to play my numbers so I couldn’t have won s***,’ Arenas wrote. Although he hadn’t played, the owner of his favorite store had, knowing that Arenas plays those same digits

Arenas pocketed the second-place prize of $300,000, but would have received the $248million grand prize had the store owner picked the winning 'mega' number, 5.

Arenas pocketed the second-place prize of $300,000, but would have received the $248million grand prize had the store owner picked the winning ‘mega’ number, 5.

The man asked for change, but Arenas explained that he only had $10 on him and needed that for gas to get to the store in Thousand Oaks, California which was 16 minutes away.

On Instagram, Arenas admitted that he actually lied to the man and was really only going to nearby Calabasas, but mentioned Thousand Oaks to stress his need for the entire $10.

Arenas then softened his stance and offered to use $5 for gas, leaving $5 for the homeless man.

However, the homeless suddenly refused Arenas’s money, saying that he would need it for the drive to Thousand Oaks.

‘I said listen I’ll just use $5 dollars for gas and u can have the other $5,’ wrote Arenas. ‘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!’

Arenas then made sure the man was fine with that arrangement to which he said ‘yes,’ adding, ‘I know you’re gonna win.’

Unfortunately for both, Arenas did not make it to his favorite store in time and wasn’t able to play his usual numbers.

But in a remarkable twist, Arenas woke up the next morning with two text messages saying he won the lottery.

‘I’ve heard this scammer type s*** happening so I ignored the next [because] I didn’t get to play my numbers so I couldn’t have won s***,’ Arenas wrote.

Although he hadn’t played his numbers, the owner of his favorite store had, knowing that Arenas plays those same digits every week.

A second-round pick out of Arizona in 2001, Arenas shocked many by becoming one of the NBA's elite guards for much of the early 2000s. However, the three-time All-Star is also known for the 50-game suspension and $4 million fine he received in 2009 for brandishing a gun around the locker room

A second-round pick out of Arizona in 2001, Arenas shocked many by becoming one of the NBA’s elite guards for much of the early 2000s. However, the three-time All-Star is also known for the 50-game suspension and $4 million fine he received in 2009 for brandishing a gun around the locker room

‘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,’ Arenas said, adding that the cashier told him they were closing early, so he went ahead and played for the former All-Star, knowing he was good for the $10 ticket.

Arenas pocketed the second-place prize of $300,000, but would have received the $248million grand prize had the store owner picked the winning ‘mega’ number. 

On Monday Arenas tracked down the homeless man at the Chevron station and told him the good news.

‘I pulled up on my guy yesterday and gave him his cut,’ Arenas wrote, explaining that he won’t disclose the amount ‘for his safety.’

‘[He] jumped up and hugged me for 5 mins crying and then started to pray,’ Arenas continued. ‘I’ve given back to the homeless BUT never was blessed by one. [His] good hearted (sic) gesture… blessed that ticket.’

Arenas did not explain why he continues to play the lottery after earning over $160 million over his 11-year career, nor did he fully explain why he needed to buy a ticket at that particular store. Nor, for that matter, did Arenas explain how the clerk at his favorite store had his phone number, allowing him to text the former NBA star about his winnings.

A second-round pick out of Arizona in 2001, Arenas shocked many by becoming one of the NBA’s elite guards for much of the early 2000s. However, the three-time All-Star is also known for the 50-game suspension and $4 million fine he received in 2009 for brandishing a gun around the locker room.

Arenas has not played professionally since a stint with China’s Shanghai Sharks in 2012-13.

Arenas explained the story on Instagram, but neglected to explain why he still plays the lottery after earning over $160 million over his 11-year NBA career

Arenas explained the story on Instagram, but neglected to explain why he still plays the lottery after earning over $160 million over his 11-year NBA career 

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