Man plays slot machine in memory of his friend that had recently passed away and hits the jackpot for $7.2M!
BILOXI -- A Michigan man who played penny slots after his friend's funeral Friday hit a $7.2 million progressive jackpot at the Palace Casino.
Tyler Morris of Montague won $7,217,175.15 playing The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship, said Lisa Quirch, Palace Casino advertising and PR manager.
Morris typically plays craps, but felt compelled to try his luck on the penny slot machine in memory of a friend whose funeral he'd attended earlier in the day, she said.
Morris' friend enjoyed playing penny slots at the Palace, so chose to go there, Quirch said.
He hit the jackpot between 10 and 10:30 p.m.
"Tyler said he felt his friend was watching over him and had blessed him with the big win," said said.
Morris' wife, Mary, said their car had more than 200,000 miles on it so they'd bought a new one earlier in the week to make the trip to South Mississippi. They planned to pay it off with part of the winnings, Quirch said.
They'll also spend some money on their children, granddaughter and their soon-to-be new grandbaby as well as repair the roof of their business. The Morrises manufacture weathervanes and house numbers.
The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship is a Mississippi statewide progressive penny slot machine with a maximum bet of $3.50. The WMS Gaming-manufactured slot machine's progressive jackpot resets at $200,000.
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