ATLANTIC CITY — A Brooklyn woman became an instant millionaire Sunday night after winning a summerlong promotion at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City

More than 5,000 contestants packed the Etess Arena for the drawing. The winner, identified as Joanne T., took home the ultimate prize.

The giveaway was in celebration of the casino’s one-year anniversary. Customers earned entries all summer playing table games and slots, either online or at the casino.

“It was the only giveaway of its kind,” said Hard Rock president Joe Lupo, “and I think it shows how unique our property is.”

The property, along with Ocean Casino Resort, opened June 27, 2018, after a more than $500 million renovation of the former Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort. In its first year, Hard Rock generated more than $320 million in gaming revenue, hosted 450,000 concert attendees, had 3.6 million visitors and accommodated nearly 1.2 million hotel guests, according to a news release.

Hard Rock is the second-largest casino employer in Atlantic City — Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has nearly 6,000 team members — with more than 3,950 employees, 945 of which are city residents.

“People, product and service is what sets us apart and allows us to showcase a unique resort destination, along with our team members who are truly the backbone of our operation,” Lupo said. “We are extremely proud of how far the property has come in a short period of time and look forward to continuing to take a competitive approach with a priority on success and leadership in Atlantic City.”

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I cover Atlantic City government and the casino industry since joining The Press in early 2018. I formerly worked as a politics & government reporter for NJ Herald and received the First Amendment: Art Weissman Memorial NJPA Award two years in a row.

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