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‘Mardi Gras madness’: The Downs offers weekday drawings for chance at up to $10,000 cash

It’s party time at The Downs Racetrack & Casino this February, with its “$120,000 Mardi Gras Madness” promotion running all month.

Every Monday through Friday, three winners will be selected to win up to $10,000 cash. Winners will play a Plinko-style game to win cash. Drawings will be held at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Earn 75 base points in the two hours before each drawing to qualify.

Weekends are reserved for the “$24,000 Downs Derby” on Saturdays and Sundays this month. Win your share of $4,000 in free play at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Earn 75 base points to qualify.

The Downs is giving friends and lovers three chances to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a sweetheart of a feast. The Valentine’s Day menu will be offered today, Saturday, Feb. 10, and Feb. 14 for $49 per person. Doors open at 5 p.m. The dinner begins with duck breast served with asparagus, trumpet mushrooms, mangetout, spring onion, and more dressed with apple cider vinaigrette and ponzu. The next course of sous-vide turbot, which is a species of flatfish, will be complemented by smoked roe, apple foam, ratatouille, and champagne cream sauce. Next up is a seared baseball sirloin with a Boursin potato puree, red chile veal demi and crispy onion strings. A dessert of pumpkin panna cotta concludes the dinner. For reservations, call 767-7180 or visit

After dinner, head over to the First Turn Lounge for live entertainment with no cover charge. Tonight and Saturday, dance to the lively sounds of Fat City. Boogie down with Blu Sol on Feb. 16 and 17 and Gonzalo on Feb. 23 and 24. Thursdays also are ladies’ night in the First Turn Lounge. Dance to the Westwind Band on Feb. 15 and Northern Revolution on Feb. 22. For more information on The Downs, call 767-7171 or visit

INN OF THE MOUNTAIN GODS: Take a short day trip to the beautiful pines in Mescalero and possibly cruise back in a new Jeep. Now through Feb. 25, Inn of the Mountain Gods is holding its Jeep giveaway promotion. Guests who play Thursday through Tuesday will get their chance at a 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Earn one entry by accruing 50 slot points on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at Inn of the Mountain Gods or its sister location, Casino Apache Travel Center. Guests who play on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays will earn three times the entries. On Sundays only, 25 base points will equal five entries. Guests who earn entries will be eligible to drop their tickets into the virtual drawing drum at any kiosk between 10 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. on Feb. 25 to be entered into the 2 p.m. drawing. Five winners will be drawn. Each will receive a key to unlock the Jeep. The lucky patron who unlocks the Jeep will drive away with it. Runners-up will be awarded a $500 cash consolation prize.

The “Cozy Winter Cash” promotion happens on Saturdays this month. Guests can win up to $5,000 cash each week at Inn of the Mountain Gods. Players earn an entry with every 50 points they accrue on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Players will receive two entries into that week’s drawing when they earn 50 points on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Another bonus is that entries earned throughout the month will roll over week to week.

Bingo players get their own day on Feb. 18 at Casino Apache. Play your favorite game and have a chance at $100 cash. Earn 20 slot points from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and become eligible to receive one bingo card for each game that you qualify to play in. Stick around the entire day for a chance to win $100 during each round of bingo you play. For more information on Inn of the Mountain Gods and Casino Apache, call 575-464-7059 or visit