Nation | Tribe: Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
1407 South Clarence Nash
Watonga, Oklahoma 73772
Lucky Star Casino Watonga opened its new casino January 29, 2021 replacing the original casino built in the 1980s. A new 5-story hotel with a convention center opened in September 2021.
The Lucky Star Casino in Watonga, Oklahoma is undergoing a major expansion project following a groundbreaking ceremony on May 3, 2019. The first phase was completed in January 2021 with the opening of its new 100,000-square-feet casino.
The final state of construction was completed in September 2021 adding a five-story hotel and a new conference center.
New Hotel and Convention Center (2021)
The new Lucky Star Casino Hotel in Watonga is five-stories with 76 guest rooms. The hotel includes a restaurant, gift shop and an adjacent convention center with a 300-guest capacity.
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The Lucky Star Casino Watonga is one of six casino locations owned by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.
The other casinos are Lucky Star Casino Canton in Canton, OK, Lucky Star Casino Clinton in Clinton, OK, Lucky Star Casino Concho in Concho, OK, Lucky Star Casino Concho Travel Center in Concho, OK and Lucky Star Casino Hammon Travel Center in Hammon, OK.
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The new five-story hotel features 76 guests rooms and suites, a restaurant, a fitness center, a business center and a gift shop.
The convention center has capacity for 300 guests.
September 28, 2021
The new hotel and conference center at Lucky Star Casino in Watonga opened this month after several construction delays earlier in the year. The delays incuded a bursted water pipe which damaged all five floors. Another delay came from a ransonware attact in June.
The new five-story hotel includes 76 guest rooms and suites, a restaurant, 24/7 business center, 24/7 fitness center and a gift shop. A new convention center has also opened adjacent to the hotel. The capacity of the conference center is 300 guests.
July 8, 2021
All Lucky Star Casino locations were closed two weeks ago after a ransomware attack disabled their computer data systems. Details of the ransom demands have not been disclosed, however, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes have issued a statement that no ransom has been and never will be paid.
In a letter to tribal members Reggi Wassana, Governor of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes wrote:
"Let me be clear: This was a terrorist attack, and WE DID NOT NEGOTIATE NOR SURRENDER. These criminals have not, and will not, receive one cent from the member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes."
Reggi Wassana, Governor
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
Each Lucky Star location has been restored one by one and reopened over the past two weeks:
Lucky Star Casino Concho reopened June 24 at 6PM
Lucky Star Casino Concho Travel Plaza reopened June 26 at 7AM
Lucky Star Casino Clinton reopened June 30 at 6PM
Lucky Star Casino Watonga reopened July 3 at 6PM
Lucky Star Casino Hammon - awaiting official announcement
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June 24, 2021
All Lucky Star Casino locations are closed due to a ransomware attack over the weekend. No reopening date is announced. The FBI is investigating the case but will not comment nor issue a statement at this time.
Ransomware typically enters a computer network from an email attachment, a malicious website, or a web ad click. It attacks and locks the network computers and sometimes encrypts the files and folders. The hackers then demand a ransom to release the computer system.
Officials of Lucky Star Casinos acknowlege a ransomware attack and released the following statement. They have not disclosed the amount of the ransom demand.
LUCKY STAR CASINOS LETTER
June 21, 2021
Lucky Star Casino has unfortunately joined the growing list of government agencies, businesses, and other casinos to be hit by a ransomware attack.
The security and confidentiality of all data are a top priority for us. Therefore, we immediately notified federal law enforcement including the FBI.
We assessed the situation based on guidance from our insurance provider and cyber security experts.
We implemented measures to counter the attack by suspending all operations and activating our IT professionals and external forensic cyber investigators to resolve the situation.
We apologize to our customers and partners and emphasize the need to be extra vigilant, particularly regarding suspect communications. Our insurance company is providing credit monitoring services for 12 months.
As the investigation continues, Lucky Star Casino commits to communicating directly to impacted customers and employees with whom we appreciate their patience as we work through this situation so that operations can resume in the coming days.
Lucky Star Casinos are owned by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. There are six locations: Lucky Star Casino Canton in Canton, OK, Lucky Star Casino Clinton in Clinton, OK, Lucky Star Casino Concho in Concho, OK, Lucky Star Casino Concho Travel Center in Concho, OK, Lucky Star Casino Hammon Travel Center in Hammon, OK and Lucky Star Casino Watonga in, Watonga, OK.
November 17, 2019
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes announced last week they have secured financial backing up to $45 million from Bank of America to continue the construction plans for expanding the Lucky Star Casino in Watonga, Oklahoma.
The expansion project will add gaming space for 400 new slot machines, a restaurant, a five-story hotel with 80 guest rooms and a hospitality suite, and a new conference center.
Construction has already begun following the groundbreaking ceremony on May 3, 2019. It is scheduled for completion in mid-2020. At that time Lucky Star Casino will be renamed the Lucky Star Hotel & Conference Center.
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