Nicolas Cage gave up gambling after winning $20,000 and donating it all to charity

Nicolas Cage, Red Carpet, Running With The Devil, 2019
Nicolas Cage, Red Carpet, Running With The Devil, 2019 Photo credit FSadou/AdMedia/Sipa USA

Despite living in Las Vegas, actor Nicolas Cage has not gambled in almost three decades, and he has a very specific reason why.

Cage does not gamble due to any sort of addiction, but because of a lucky day in the Bahamas, when he walked into a casino with $200 and walked OUT with $20,000.

Cage didn't save the money for himself, however. He explained in an interview with Marilyn Manson, "My game was roulette. I went in with $200, and I didn’t miss a number, so much so that even the lady spinning the wheel said, ‘Nothing sweeter than a repeater.’ In 20 minutes I turned $200 into $20,000, so I went and found an orphanage in the Bahamas, met all the kids and the headmistress, and said, ‘This is for you.’ I put the 20 grand in her hand, walked away, and never gambled again, because if I did, it would ruin the power of that moment.”

How awesome is that?

Via Yahoo!