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The Downs offers chance to spin wheels, win up to $1,000

Spinning your wheels pays off this May at The Downs Racetrack & Casino.

The Downs is holding its “$120,000 Winning Wheels” promotion Mondays through Fridays this month. Three winners will be selected in each drawing, at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. Drawing winners will get their chance to win up to $1,000 cash by spinning wheels.

Triple Crown Players Club members ages 50 and older will earn one point on Fridays and receive a virtual game to win between $5 and $25 in free play. Also, seniors can win cash or free play every two hours between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

On Saturdays and Sundays, patrons can be part of the “Weekend Progressive” promotion. There will be four daily progressives, which are about $500 each, amounting to a total prize payout of about $2,000. Player’s Club members become eligible for the promotion when they earn 250 base points during the qualifying time on Saturday and Sunday.

Amp up your points on Wednesdays at The Downs. Guests earn five times the points on Wednesdays and have the chance to earn up to 10 times the points. Players Club members who have birthdays in May earn three times the points on their actual birthdays and two times the points every Tuesday in May. Players also can accrue five times the points on Memorial Day, May 28.

The Downs continues its “Instant Hit” promotion on Wednesdays. Players qualify when they earn 25 base points within 30 minutes before each drawing. All prizes are free play and must be used within 48 hours. There will be 60 winners each promotion day. The “Early Bird” promotion is also still happening each Thursday. Patrons qualify when they earn 50 base points. A bonus wheel will then appear on their game, and that guest will have a chance to win between $5 and $500 in free play. The promotion ends when a total of $500 is awarded.

Shake off the week’s stress starting Thursdays at the First Turn Lounge. Enjoy drink specials and live music during Ladies’ Night each Thursday. Severo y Grupo Fuego perform Thursday, May 24. Tonight and Saturday, May 19, dance the night away to the sounds of Gonzalo, and next week to the grooves of Blu Sol on May 25 and 26.

Get your tickets now for the New Mexico Music Festival, on June 17. The Father’s Day fiesta begins at 2 p.m. at The Downs’ Grandstand and features Darren Cordova, Gonzalo, Cuarenta y Cinco, and the reunited Bandalero. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $5 for ages 21 and older at

You can also wager, watch and win on simulcast racing at the Grandstand or First Turn Lounge. Soon guests will get to enjoy live racing at The Downs beginning on June 29. Live racing will continue through Sept. 23. Post time is 6:05 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. Sundays.

For more information on The Downs, call 767-7171 or visit

Got a tip on your favorite casino? Contact Rozanna M. Martinez at or follow her on Twitter @RozannaABQ.

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