Oneida Nation Homelands (March 7, 2015) – The luck of St. Patrick’s Day came early for one Turning Stone Resort Casino guest this weekend. With a $4 bet, a slot player won $633,400 last night on the very popular Willy Wonka game. In the 22- year history of Turning Stone, this is the largest slot jackpot ever won at the casino, and the second largest of all time winnings, only behind a $1 million bingo winner in 2013.
Turning Stone’s winning Willy Wonka game is linked to approximately 170 other casinos and more than 1,500 games, creating progressive jackpots that routinely reach into the millions of dollars. The progressive jackpots can now be offered at Turning Stone Resort Casino because of a $15 million investment made by the Oneida Nation last year to update the gaming floor with more than 2,000 Vegas-style cash slot machines.
“Modernizing our gaming floor last year was a huge undertaking and being able to offer guests these unprecedented moments of hitting progressive jackpots is the exact reason our CEO Ray Halbritter decided to make the investment,” said Guy Renzi, vice president of gaming pperations at Turning Stone Resort Casino. “With jackpots that can hit at any second, the new machines elevate the excitement and energy on the gaming floor, and our guests are really enjoying that experience.”
In addition to its 120,000 square foot Vegas-style gaming floor, Turning Stone also offers three award-winning hotels, an eclectic mix of more than 20 fine- and casual-dining restaurants, world-class amenities, including two luxury spas, five professional-level golf courses, an indoor tennis and golf dome, and hosts legendary events, including nationally-televised boxing matches and epic performances from musical icons such as Tony Bennett.
Turning Stone Resort recently received several prestigious awards, including three AAA Four Diamond awards, accolades granted to less than four percent of AAA’s approved properties, distinguishing Turning Stone as the only resort in the entire Northeast with three Four Diamond venues at one property.