Jackpot Records Keep Falling at Oaklawn

Nov. 30, 2011

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One day after a Jacksonville, AR woman won $81,640 playing a $.25 Wheel of Fortune machine, another woman became a $100,000 richer after winning the Grand Prize in Grillin’ and Chillin’ Tailgate Spectacular. The winner, Nancy Epstein of Hot Springs, was one of three people selected to play for the Grand Prize, a record for Oaklawn, after a series of drawings held throughout the evening.

Between 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday, 30 names were drawn from a prize barrel and those guests won between $100 and $500. At 8 p.m., three names were drawn from among the earlier 30 winners and those people had to choose four tailgate menu items from a group 12. The goal was to correctly match their four items to four  items selected independently by SCA Promotions Inc. Epstein followed Wilbert Cox, who won $100 for matching one item and Kristi Bailey, who won $1,000 for matching two items. She won the $100,000 for matching a chicken, tomato, broccoli and banana with what was in the sealed envelope.

Epstein, who recently moved to Hot Springs with her husband Bob, manages a retirement community and said she picked those particular items because she could visualize their chef picking the exact food items.

Prior to the past weekend, Oaklawn’s previous record for a single jackpot was $26,695 hit in Feb. 2010. In June 2011, nine people shared in the record $99,103 Bad Beat Jackpot hit in the Poker Room. The gaming center is open seven days a week beginning at 10 a.m. It will be closed Christmas Day. For more information, visit www.oaklawn.com.