Casino Gambling

Make that 2 jackpots this weekend at Coast casinos

It started as a Buffalo Stampede Friday night at Scarlet Pearl Casino and the luck kept coming with a second jackpot Saturday at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.

An unidentified man from Ocean Springs hit a jackpot of $661,000 Friday night at Scarlet Pearl Casino in D’Iberville. He was playing Buffalo Stampede penny slot machine, made by Aristocrat.

“We love for our guests to win big like this,” said LuAnn Pappas, Scarlet Pearl president and CEO.

“This is especially exciting because one of our local players hit a big jackpot,” she said.

On Saturday Anthony Y. (no last name given) from Columbus, Georgia, was playing Wheel of Fortune progressive slot when he hit for $412,633.30.

The last major jackpot also was won at the Beau Rivage in August.

Coast casinos had a drought of three years since anyone won a million dollar jackpot. Then players hit two major jackpots on the Coast during the summer of 2018.

In July a Florida man got lucky at Hard Rock Casino Biloxi. Fred S. (no last name given) was playing a Double Diamond machine and hit for $1,291,918. While waiting an hour for his win to be verified, he won another $14,000 playing a nearby machine in the high limits room.

A few weeks later in August, a Texas woman hit for $1,245,278 at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, playing a 25-cent Triple Double Diamond Wheel of Fortune slot machine.

Mary Perez is the business and casino reporter for the Sun Herald and also writes about Biloxi, jobs and the new restaurants and development coming to the Coast. She is a fourth-generation journalist.