With her marriage to professional basketball player Carmelo Anthony firmly on the rocks, 2019 wasn’t shaping up to be a great year for Alani Nicole “La La” Anthony. However, in July, just a few days shy of the ninth anniversary of her wedding to her estranged husband, in 2010, the American television personality at least had something to celebrate.
Following a visit the Essence Festival – the largest celebration of black women and black culture in the U.S. – at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana – confirmed gambler Anthony tried her luck at a nearby casino in the early hours of Sunday morning. As she later told her Instagram followers, ‘…it all started when I put $200 in a slot machine in NOLA at 4am this morning.’
Lady luck did, indeed, smile down on the ‘Power’ actress, because for her initial, modest investment she won jackpot prizes not once, but twice. The first of them was worth in excess of $53,000 and was followed, shortly afterwards, by another worth $10,000; all told Anthony hit the unidentified casino for $68,000, or £54,000. Unsurprisingly, the 36-year-old was only too happy to share news of her win with her millions of Instagram followers, by means of a video showing virtual coins cascading across the slot machine, accompanied by gasps of disbelief from herself and her unbelieving friends.