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Cold cash: January promotions at The Downs include ‘Derby Weekends’

The Downs Racetrack & Casino has a few ways for you to take home some extra cash this January.

Play to win during the “$24,000 Downs Derby Weekends” promotion. Players can win their share of $3,000 in free play every Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4, 6, 8

Courtesy of The Downs Racetrack Casino

Courtesy of The Downs Racetrack Casino

and 10 p.m. Virtual horse racing will pop up on the screens of the machines patrons are playing. Guests then select a horse to win, place, show or receive fourth place. Players will win their share of free play prizes instantly.

There are more opportunities to win during the week in the “$125,000 Roll To Win” promotion, Monday through Friday. There will be drawings at noon, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Players have a chance to win up to $500 cash by rolling the oversized dice.

The Downs continues its popular “Instant Hit” drawings on Wednesdays and “Early Bird” promotion on Thursdays. The casino holds 15 “Instant Hit” drawings on Wednesdays. Players qualify by earning 25 base points within the 30 minutes before each drawing. All prizes are free play and must be used within 48 hours of a win. There will be 60 winners each Wednesday. During the “Early Bird” promotion on Thursdays, players have a chance to win $5 to $500 in free play. Players should get to The Downs bright and early, because the promotion ends when a total of $500 is awarded. Guests qualify for the promotion by earning 50 base points.

Let go of the workweek’s stress during Ladies Night on Thursdays and end the workweek right on Friday and Saturday nights at the First Turn Lounge. The lounge features live music Thursday through Saturday, and there is never a cover charge. Party down with the sounds of DJ Mister E tonight and the music of the ’90s on Saturday, Jan. 25. The live entertainment continues with the Westwind Band on Thursday, Jan. 30.

For more information on promotions and other happenings at The Downs, call 767-7171 or visit

SANTA ANA STAR CASINO HOTEL: Visit Santa Ana Star Hotel for some cool ways to win some cold hard cash.

Guests can win up to $100,000 in cash during the “Slopes of Cash” promotion through Feb. 29. Drawings will be held at 8 p.m. each Saturday. Every week five patrons will be chosen, with four winning free play prizes and one winning a chance at up to $100,000 in cash. Star Rewards Club members receive one entry with every 500 points they accrue playing their preferred games.

Celebrate the Year of the Rat during the “Lunar New Year 2020” promotion on Wednesday, Jan. 29. There will be red envelope drawings at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Star Rewards Club members will receive three times the points all day and earn entries for every 50 points accrued for a chance to win up to $500. To add to the fun, a traditional Dragon Dance will be performed at 7 p.m.

It’s “FriYAY! 2X” every Friday. Guests earn two times the points on Fridays. There will also be $50 free play drawings with five winners selected. The drawings will be held at noon, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Guests can also enjoy a “Super Breakfast Buffet” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Feast buffet.

It’s “Super Sportsbook Sunday” at Cantina Rio and Lounge 54 from 4 to 9 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2. Watch the biggest game of the year and enjoy food specials on wings, hot dogs, stadium nachos and more. There will be $4 specials on Budweiser or Bud Light, as well as Budweiser prize giveaways. Admission is free.

Enjoy happy hour from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday though Friday at Cantina Rio. The special includes $3 domestic bottled beer and $2 off all wine. Tuesdays are for tacos at the restaurant. Chow down on $2 mini street tacos and top them with items from the taco bar. Every Friday and Saturday evening head to the “Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet” from 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays and from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturdays at The Feast. The special buffet features Alaskan snow crab, slow-roasted prime rib, barbecued ribs, buttermilk fried chicken, hand-rolled sushi, Vietnamese pho, desserts and more for $32.90 per person.

For more information on Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel call 867-0000 or visit

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