DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — The Choctaw Casino and Resort is celebrating 35 years.

The casino opened for business in 1987 with a bingo hall just over 20,000 square feet of gaming. It has grown today to a mega casino resort, boosting tourism and generating thousands of jobs.

The celebration kicks off this weekend with a million dollar giveaway.

"We do want to take this time to thank Durant, to thank Bryan County, to thank all our supporters in Oklahoma, Texas, and all points in between," said casino spokesperson Joan Botts.

The Choctaw Casino and Resort plans 35th anniversary events throughout the month of August.