Local lady drives away with Santa’s sporty sleigh


INDIO, Calif. – “Oh my goodness! I cannot believe I won!” were Eugenia Arellano’s first thoughts after learning that she would be the one driving home in the ultimate driving machine given away courtesy of Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.

On Dec. 11, two dozen finalists gathered at the casino’s event stage, each hoping he or she held the winning number to score the brand new, sparkling white BMW 328i convertible in the “Santa’s Ultimate Sleigh Giveaway.” With hundreds of people gathered to watch, each contestant came to the stage and selected a keychain at random. Every keychain was tagged with a number that corresponded to a space on the giant prize wheel. As the emcee gave the wheel a big spin, the 24 finalists watched the numbers go around with anticipation. The wheel came to rest on space 19, the same number keychain belonging to Arellano of Indio, Calif.

“I’ve never won a jackpot but today I had a good feeling. On my way to the casino, I found a penny and thought it might be lucky,” said the school district secretary. With a shiny new convertible to put in the driveway just in time for the holidays, she plans on enjoying it with friends and family.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino gives players another shot at winning a luxury car. Starting Sunday, Jan. 2, guests can begin entering the “Romance the Road Mercedes Benz Giveaway.” A new, Mercedes E-350 Coupe worth more than $60,000 will be given away to one lucky person Feb. 26. Drawings to qualify players into the grand prize Mercedes giveaway will happen every Saturday starting Jan. 8. For more information, stop by the Fantasy Rewards desk located on the main casino floor, or visit the website.