Nichols, N.Y. - January 12, 2016 - The excitement surrounding the 44 state Powerball frenzy continues as the jackpot, which hasn't been won since early November, continue to swell to record numbers. Experts estimate that the jackpot for tomorrow night's drawing will be upwards of $1.5 billion, making it the largest jackpot in United States history. To join in the excitement, Jeff Gural has announced that Tioga Downs will be giving a voucher for a free $2 Powerball ticket to the first 2,000 people to visit the Players Club tomorrow between 9 am and 9 pm. The boca ticket/voucher received at the Player's Club can then be redeemed for a free Powerball ticket at Coasters Sports Bar or the Carousel Bar at Tioga Downs. This offer is only valid tomorrow, Wednesday January 13, between 9 am and 9 pm at Tioga Downs while supplies last. Tickets are limited to one per person and each guest must be at least 18 years of age and have a Tioga Downs Your Club card in order to receive the free ticket. The public is encouraged to come down to Tioga Downs for their free chance to be a part of history.
"This historic Powerball jackpot has taken the country by storm, dominating conversation, news headlines and social media. We at Tioga Downs are also excited and happy to do our part to give others a chance at history by offering a free Powerball ticket to the first 2,000 guests who come to our Players Club. Nothing would make me happier than to see someone from our community win this tremendous prize," commented Jeff Gural, CEO of American Racing and Entertainment.
Vernon Downs, the sister property of Tioga Downs, has announced that they will be giving 2,000 free Powerball tickets tomorrow to guests on a first come first serve basis as well.
Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. No players have correctly selected the six numbers required to win the jackpot in the last 19 drawings dating back to Nov. 11. Retailers say that the demand for tickets to the drawing at 10:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday has been off the charts, raising the possibility that the payoff could climb even higher than the current estimated jackpot of $1.5 billion.
Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic roulette. A variety of eateries are also part of the current entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs is in the process of transforming into a full casino gaming resort to serve the Southern Tier and beyond as well as expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. Construction on an expanded gaming complex is underway. Tioga Downs officials have confirmed that construction is on budget as well as on schedule. The poker room, which represents the first phase of the casino expansion, is expected to open July 1. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit www.tiogadowns.com.