LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marine Cpl. Alexander Degenhardt is crediting karma for landing a $2.9 million progressive slot jackpot in Las Vegas.

The 26-year-old says he learned he had been accepted as a bone marrow donor to an anonymous patient only a couple of days before hitting the jackpot Sunday at the Bellagio.

He told the Las Vegas Sun ( ) that he concluded it was worth “a little pain” to save a life, and he looks at his jackpot “as kind of good karma” for his decision.

Degenhardt says he’ll continue his career with the Marines and go through with the bone marrow donation, which is expected to happen in the next six months after extensive testing.

He was attending a military training session in Nevada when he hit the jackpot.


Information from: Las Vegas Sun,

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