A woman from Binghamton, New York hit the winning numbers at Turning Stone Resort Casino’s Million Dollar Bingo on Saturday, collecting the largest jackpot in the casino's 20 year history.
The final game of Turning Stone's Saturday program had a guaranteed minimum payout of $25,000 for Level 3 players. But Frances Slesinsky had a bingo card "black out" or "cover all," meaning she was able to cover all the numbers on her bingo card in 47 draws or less, earning her $1 million.
Slesinsky is a regular at Turning Stone's marquee bingo events. She was joined Saturday by her husband and two other friends.
"It's very exciting. Great things really do happen at Turning Stone," Slesinsky said.
This summer, Turning Stone is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. The Million Dollar Bingo tournament kicked off the festivities, which run now until the end of July. The month-long celebration includes big ticket giveaways, major casino gaming tournaments, special parties and events, and exciting live entertainment by today’s biggest performers.
"Bingo was the perfect way to kick off our 20th Anniversary celebration," Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter said. "It is a tribute to how the Oneida Nation started its gaming operation, so it is fitting to have bingo host our very first $1 million winner in Turning Stone’s 20 year history."
In July, 1993, Turning Stone Casino opened its doors, improving the lives of Oneida Nation members. The growth of Turning Stone has also allowed the Oneida Nation to become one of the leading employers in the region and help strengthen the Nation’s commitment to the local community.