TODAY | February 21, 2013
>>> are millionaires this morning and they went to a dear friend's memorial service and ended up at the end of the day winning $7.2 million at his favorite penny slot machine . quite a story. mr. and mrs. morris , good morning to you.
>> good morning, savannah.
>> i know this is bittersweet and your friend, max anderson had been your friend 40 years and you went fishing and to the casino and i guess you did so in honor of his memorial service . tell us how this happened that you played this penny slot machine ?
>> i was playing craps at the palace. i looked around and my wife was playing the slot machine and she was behind me. the next time i looked she was gone. but then i felt like somebody was watching over my shoulder. i thought she wanted to leave and every time i looked, i kept looking at the same slot machine . about five minutes later, i got the same feeling and i turned around and looked and all i saw was the same slot machine . and my friend always played penny slot machines . i decided i would play the slot machine , which i hardly ever do, especially a penny machine. i put $20 in and push a couple buttons and i guess i pushed the maximum bet on the second push, i won 7.2 -- 7 million $217,000.
>> wow. you had to be overwhelmed by this.
>> i --
>> go ahead.
>> i believe that my friend directed me right to that machine.
>> mrs. morris , when you came over, when did you find out that max had won?
>> that tyler had won? i was at -- i was actually looking for him, because we were ready to go. it had been a long day. we drove 1200 miles from michigan. the memorial was, you know, quite beautiful and so i called him on my cell phone and i said, where are you? because he usually is by the crap table. he said, i just won a jackpot and i'm waiting to get paid. so i walked over to the -- to where he -- where i thought he would be and i didn't see him. he said something about the machine being by the crap table. but i didn't -- i didn't see him, i didn't see the machine. so i kind of stood back and all of a sudden, i realized there was lots of people standing around this particular machine, called "the lord " lord of the rings ." i tried to get closer and a lady grabbed ahold of me and said, look, that man just won $7 million. i said, my goodness.
>> mr. and mrs. morris , what an amazing story. we're so glad to have you with united states . i know your dear friend, max, is smiling down on you and his family is really happy for you. our congratulations to you and best wishes as well. thanks for being with us.
>> thank you.