Casino Gambling

First $1 million jackpot in years hits at Coast casino

Fred S. of Gulf Breeze, Florida, gives a thumbs up after he won a $1.29 million jackpot Wednesday, July 18, at Hard Rock Casino Biloxi. This was the first $1 million-plus jackpot in 3 years at a Coast casino.
Fred S. of Gulf Breeze, Florida, gives a thumbs up after he won a $1.29 million jackpot Wednesday, July 18, at Hard Rock Casino Biloxi. This was the first $1 million-plus jackpot in 3 years at a Coast casino. Courtesy of Hard Rock Casino Biloxi

The drought of $1 million dollar jackpots in South Mississippi has ended, with Fred S. (no last name given) winning big Wednesday morning at Hard Rock Biloxi.

The Gulf Breeze, Florida, resident won $1,291,918, the biggest jackpot at a Coast casino since 2015.

The win came at 9 a.m. while he was playing a Double Diamond 3x, 4x, 5x slot machine at the High Limits Slot area of Hard Rock. It was a $10 machine, according to Hard Rock.

The largest jackpot in the 26-year history of Coast casinos also came at Hard Rock Biloxi, when Thomas McMillan, of Woolmarket, won over $14 million on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine. It also was the largest jackpot in Mississippi.

The last jackpot over $1 million at a Coast casino was in October 2015, when Evelyn H. (no last name given) of Milton, Florida, won $1.5 million at IP Casino playing a Wheel of Fortune slot machine.

A Georgia woman won a $200,000 jackpot earlier this year at Scarlet Pearl Casino in D’Iberville.

Any jackpot over $1 million is considered “life changing” in the casino industry.

Watch the transformation of South Mississippi’s shoreline as it changes from shrimp docks and empty seafood factories into the centerpiece of the region’s economy. After Hurricane Katrina, they rebuilt and re-invented to retain their place.

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