ATLANTIC CITY — A free $100 bill. No catch, no strings attached.

Tropicana Atlantic City gave five people $100 Friday morning to try to make Friday the 13th into a lucky day.

“We walked around the casino floor and hotel lobby and turned Friday the 13th into a lucky day for a few Tropicana Atlantic City guests,” said Steve Callender, its general manager.

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Callender handed out vouchers for $100 bills to guests selected at random.

“Then, they went to the casino cashier cage to redeem for a real bill that they can spend any way they please,” Callender said. They didn’t have to spend the cash there.

The first recipient was Donna Vigorito, 46, of Red Bank, Monmouth County. She and a friend were gambling at a bar on the casino floor.

“He got lucky, and so did I,” she said of her friend, who did not want to be identified.

The second recipients were a couple from upstate New York who were celebrating their fourth anniversary.

William and Katherine Backus, 64 and 67, respectively, appreciated the extra cash.

“That’s great, because we lost (money) while we were gambling,” William Backus said.

“We had a nice dinner at Carmine’s last night,” Katherine Backus said.

They said they picked Oct. 13 for their wedding date because it was Katherine’s granddaughter and her granddaughter’s mom’s birthday.

“We got married in Vegas and were married in a Graceland Chapel,” Katherine said.

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Waldy Diez joined the Press of Atlantic City's breaking news team in July 2017. She's a graduate of Syracuse and Rowan Universities. Previously, she was a morning tv news producer.

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