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
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
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
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