Some guys get all the luck.
With an estimated net worth of $180 million, it’s not as if RnB singer/rapper Drake needs any extra money.
But the 35-year-old was quids in after enjoying a stint at an online roulette table….landing the jackpot prize of $1 million (£750,000) for his efforts!
Rather than adding to his already impressive bank balance, the 35-year-old instead decided to hand the purse over to charity – donating the seven-figure sum in bitcoin to NBA basketball star LeBron James’ foundation.
Drake live-streamed the moment his lucky number – eleven, if you’re interested – was spun to his 105 million Instagram followers, and now after teaming up with Stake.com his winnings will be transferred to James’ charity, which helps provide resources and tuition to students in underprivileged areas.
“Speaking of memorable nights, I had an incredible night last night playing roulette on Stake.com. It was my biggest hit ever,” he confirmed.
“As you can see, I was clearly excited. Any time I get blessed like that, I always think it’s luck that needs to be transferred, or it’s good karma that needs to be transferred.
“I play for fun and I play in the hope that I can spread love, always.”
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When he’s not penning seductive rhymes for his global fanbase, Drake is known to enjoy a flutter or two. As well as his online and bricks-and-mortar casino exploits, the rapper reportedly won more than £1 million on the outcome of February’s Super Bowl LVI.
And maybe that was the start of his lucky streak, given that the team he backed – the Los Angeles Rams – won courtesy of a touchdown with just 1:25 left on the clock.
Drake also bet on the performance of his big chum Odell Beckham Jr, betting nearly £300,000 on the 29-year-old to score a touchdown and run more than 62.5 yards with ball in hand during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He duly obliged on the former, before missing out on the latter after being carried off the field with an injury.
Mind you, he’s not the only celebrity that has won big at the casino down the years. UFC head honcho Dana White once trousered $7 million from a single blackjack session at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, and he was such a consistent big-money winner that the venue was forced to ban him from playing there.
It’s claimed that former Spiderman actor Tobey Maguire won more than $30 million playing poker at the infamous nights hosted by Molly Bloom – he was a student of WSOP king Daniel Negreanu’s, while fellow thespians Leonardo Di Caprio and Ben Affleck are known to be card game enthusiasts….the latter was once asked to leave the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas after his card counting exploits led to a $1 million win.
And while it was fellow actor Nicolas Cage that appeared in 1990s film Snake Eyes, Bruce Willis is said to be a dab hand at the craps table, and has been spotted numerous times at casinos around the US rolling the dice.