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After Promise of Bone Marrow Donation, Marine Cpl. Wins $2.9 Million Jackpot

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Alexander Degenhardt, a Marine Cpl., made a commitment to go through with a bone marrow donation that will happen in the next 6 months. He credits karma for what happened next.

26 year old Degenhardt, who is stationed in Washington, D.C., was in Las Vegas with some fellow Marines for training at Nellis Air Force Base. He had a few hours to kill before his return flight, and ended up playing the penny slot at the Bellagio, which takes bets from 40 cents up to two dollars.

Ten minutes later, he hit the jackpot—$2,882,808.32.

Degenhardt will be receiving about $100,000 per year for 20 years. He says he doesn’t plan on changing his frugal ways any time soon. He’ll still buy his clothes at thrift stores and drive his car, which has over 250,000 miles on it. The first thing on his list? Helping out his mother and sister with their bills.

He chalks the win up to good karma, telling the Las Vegas Sun: “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? I look at this as kind of good karma for that.”