TV Star La La Anthony Wins $68,000 on Jackpot Slot Machine

  • Jackson won a $53,000 "Grand Jackpot" and another $10,000 on a subsequent spin
  • The actress hit it big while attending the Essence Festival in New Orleans 
  • The victory came shortly after her plans to divorce NBA star Carmelo Anthony were announced
La La Anthony in a 2017 photo
La La Anthony landed a $68,000 slot machine win while at a festival in New Orleans.

Celebrating the win

La La Anthony, a 36-year-old actress best known for her role in the television show Power, won $68,000 (£54,600) on a slot machine during a visit to New Orleans.

She initially staked $200 (£161) on a slot and won the “Grand Jackpot” for over $53,000 (£42,600). She went on to win $10,000 (£8,000) on another spin, with her total winnings for the night amounting to $68,000.

The timing of the win was interesting. La La Anthony’s representative had just spoken publicly about her client’s desire to get a divorce from her husband, NBA star Carmelo Anthony.

The actress was in New Orleans attending the Essence Festival when she hit it big on a slot machine. She shared her and her friend’s reaction to the win on Instagram. Her husband was not at the festival, amid rumors that their relationship has been under strain for a long time.

The couple have been married since 2010 and they have a 12-year-old son. They originally separated in 2017 but got back together the following year. However, photos of her husband on a yacht with another woman have since emerged. According to her representative:

As La La and Carmelo have been living apart for quite some time, La La is proceeding with legal discussions as the next step in their relationship. They will remain loving and committed parents to their son.”

Who is La La Anthony?

As well as an actress, La La Anthony is a businesswoman, producer, and New York Times bestselling author. At the start of her career, she hosted several popular MTV shows. She then went on to try her hand at acting, appearing in some movies over the years. Jackson is best known for her role in the Starz hit drama show Power, where she plays La Keisha Grant. The show began airing in 2014 and its final season will begin in August.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she got engaged to Carmelo Anthony on Christmas Day of 2004.

Her husband, who is also from Brooklyn, is a ten-time NBA All-Star who has played for the Denver Nuggets, the New York Knicks, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Houston Rockets. Their wedding took place on July 10, 2010, and it as aired on VH1 as part of their reality television show, La La’s Full Court Wedding.