Monday, February 27, 2012

U.S. Marine in Las Vegas to donate his bone marrow credits karma for hitting $2.9 million jackpot at Bellagio

A couple of days before he hit a jackpot of nearly $3 million, Cpl. Alexander Degenhardt learned he’d been accepted as a bone marrow donor to an anonymous patient.

“They asked me if I was sure I wanted to go through with it, because it’s kind of painful, but what’s a little pain if it will save someone’s life?” the U.S. Marine said Friday. “I look at this as kind of good karma for that.”

Degenhardt’s karma was worth more than $2.8 million, the second biggest jackpot for Bally Technologies, which manufactures the games and pays out the jackpots.

The 26-year-old hit the $2,882,808.32 score about 7 p.m. Sunday on the Money Vault Millionaires Seven slot at the Bellagio.

The penny slot, which takes bets from 40 cents to $2, has been building a progressive jackpot in casinos across Nevada for the past six months.

Players in California, Florida, Mississippi and New Jersey also have been vying for the progressive payout, which started at $1 million.

Degenhardt and several fellow Marines had flown in from Washington D.C., where he is stationed, for training at Nellis Air Force Base. He said he and a buddy decided to kill a couple of hours at the casinos while waiting for their plane to leave over the President’s Day weekend. He stuck a $100 bill into the machine and figured he’d lose it quickly. He’d never won more than $200 in credits before hitting almost $3 million.

“Dude, what just happened?” Degenhardt remembers asking his friend.

“You just won,” the buddy told him.

“Cool,” Degenhardt said.

He was stunned.

“It’s something you always want to happen, but when it does happen you don’t believe it,” he said.

Degenhardt will receive about $100,000 a year over 20 years. He said he plans to first help his sister, who is pregnant, and his mother catch up on bills.

He also plans to go through with the marrow donation, which is on track to happen in the next six months after an extensive testing process.

As for some of that money burning a hole in his pocket, Degenhardt decided to buy himself some clothes — at a thrift store, where he buys all of his clothes. And he said he won’t be parting with his car that has rolled up some 250,000 miles.

“I plan to keep driving it until I can’t anymore,” he said. “No sense in wasting money. I’m really pretty thrifty.”

But he’s glad he put that $100 into the slot.


Cowboy Tim said...

Cpl. Degenhardt is a class act.

Anonymous said...

Cpl. Degenhardt, what goes around, DOES come around.

Thank you for your service to us all.

Anonymous said...

Well done Marine!

Anonymous said...

God Bless this Leatherneck !

Couldn't have happened any better.

Anonymous said...

Don't ya' love it when a true, selfless hero comes out on top?

Anonymous said...

If a Nigger won that, he would automatically go on a drug binge,piss hot, get kicked out of the military and wind up a dead Nigger somewhere.

Anonymous said...

6:41am your an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Wow, a post about a good person having something nice happen to him, and within 6 posts someone couldnt control themselves and had to type nigger, wow, real class acts here.

Anonymous said...

SHITHEADS is politically correct. If a SHITHEAD would have won he would have to start paying his child support.

I Voted For Obama said...

Wow----not bad for an Infidel.

Anonymous said...

Semper Fi

old corps--2322649--- before the use of social security numbers

Cowboy Tim said...

Cpl. Alexander Degendardt did NOT vote for Obama.

Anonymous said...

Credit to the Corps.

Anonymous said...

This dude is okay. Respect to Cpl. Degenhard!