Largest Single Jackpot Ever Hit at Oaklawn Saturday

Nov. 26, 2011

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HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011) – Eleanor Mitchell, of Jacksonville, AR, has 81,000 reason to be thankful for this holiday weekend after hitting a jackpot worth $81,640 while playing the $.25 Wheel of Fortune machine Saturday morning. The jackpot, which was hit at 3:32 a.m., 30 minutes before the doors closed for the day, was the largest at Oaklawn since the new gaming center opened in 2009.

“It was surreal,” said Mitchell, who is a regular player at Oaklawn. “All of a sudden the machine started going ‘Pow,’ ‘Pow,’ ‘Pow’ and the numbers started rolling. It was a great feeling. My grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to have a very nice Christmas and I’m going to get myself a Chrysler C-300. I’ve wanted one for a long time.”

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