Rochester woman wins $510,919 jackpot

FARMINGTON, N.Y. – A local woman from Rochester is giving thanks during this holiday season after winning a jackpot of $510,919.99 on Sunday, November 25 at Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack (FLCR).

Playing a Blazing 7’s Hot Shot Wide-Area Progressive, Mildred Ramos-Soto, who was making only her second ever visit to FLCR, hit the jackpot. Her win is the largest ever at Finger Lakes, or any New York State video gaming facility.

"It was only the second time here," stated Ramos-Soto. "It was a miracle. I was praying for $3,000 and God added a few more zeros."

Ramos-Soto visited to spend time with her mother who was recently diagnosed with cancer and had asked her daughter to join her for an evening out. After trying a few other games on the floor, Ramos-Soto was down to her last $20 for the evening when she sat down to play the Blazing 7’s Hot Shot Wide-Area Progressive, and much to her surprise, hit the largest jackpot ever won at FLCR and across the state.

The winnings come at a needed time, as Ramos-Soto has been out of work on disability since August. With the holiday season approaching, the family feels blessed to have the bonus in cash. With the additional funds, Ramos-Soto hopes to pay off some lingering bills, and take her mother and family on a cruise together.

"We are thrilled to have been able to award this life changing jackpot to Mildred," said Chris Riegle, FLCR president and general manager. "There is nothing our staff enjoys more than celebrating with winners on a daily basis and are proud that we are now the site of the single largest jackpot in state history."

The wide-area progressive game Ramos-Soto was playing is available state-wide at New York Lottery video gaming facilities. A percentage of each wager made on the machines contributes to the growing progressive jackpot, which could be won at any facility throughout the state. The largest payout from a wide area progressive previous to this was $480,713.26 on June 18, 2010 at Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel.

About Finger Lakes: With nearly 1200 slot machines, FLCR is open daily from 8am-4am. The 448-seat Vineyard Buffet restaurant is also located on the casino floor, in addition to Seven Sports Bar, and Tim Hortons. Live and/or simulcast thoroughbred racing is featured daily, with racing gates opening at 11:30am. For additional information, visit

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