South Dakota lottery player starts off 2019 with massive lifetime win
The South Dakota Lottery's latest big winner will ring in the new year with the prize of $1,000 a day for the rest of his or her life.
Monday's Lucky For Life drawing resulted in South Dakota's first top prize winner in the game. The ticket was sold at Ken's Fairway, located at 2105 6th Ave., SE in Aberdeen. The winning numbers were 4, 10, 15, 19, and 43, with Lucky Ball number 8.
Monday's top prize winner will receive the option of $1,000 a day for the rest of his or her life or a one-tim ...
Jan 1, 2019, 12:36 pm - Lottery News forum
South Dakota woman claims record Dakota Cash lottery jackpot
Lynda Blesi's patience was a virtue as her years of buying Dakota Cash lottery tickets paid off in a big way.
Blesi is now the Dakota Cash game's top winner after claiming her $614,181 jackpot Tuesday. The $614,181 prize is the largest in the game's history since its launch in 1994.
Blesi, who is retired and lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Pete, followed her usual routine to win the record-breaking jackpot. She purchased the ticket at the Hy-Vee Gas on Louise Avenue in Sioux Falls w ...
Sep 20, 2017, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
In South Dakota you can now smoke and play video lottery
South Dakota video lottery terminals can be placed in vented smoke shacks that some bar owners have built onto their establishments, according to several state administration officials.
An administrative policy now being followed by the South Dakota Lottery allows smoking at a video lottery establishment if it occurs in a non-enclosed area.
South Dakota voters ratified a state law in 2010 that banned smoking in public places, including bars, restaurants and gambling establishments.
Jun 7, 2016, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery rigging scandal prompts security audit in South Dakota
The scandal unfolding in Iowa, where software allowed some results to be rigged in multi-state lotto drawings, has added to concerns among South Dakota Lottery officials, spurring them to proceed Thursday in requesting proposals for a security review of South Dakota Lottery facilities.
The review also would cover the statewide video-lottery system and the statewide lotto jackpot system.
Each separately connects with hundreds of private businesses.
The scratch-ticket system also would be ...
Apr 13, 2016, 7:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Multi-state Wild Card 2 game ending in February
North Dakota joining Lucky for Life multi-state game
By Todd Northrop
Wild Card 2, a multi-state lottery game currently offered in four states, is ending with the Feb. 24 drawing.
The lottery game that has been played in one form or another for more than 20 years is being dropped after a fall in popularity, according to lottery officials.
Wild Card 2 offers two plays for $1. It got its start in 1994 as Tri-West Lotto and was offered only in Idaho, Montana and South Dakota. In 1998, i ...
Jan 18, 2016, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
Jamaican DJ to plead guilty in lottery scam
A prominent Jamaican disc jockey charged for his role in a lottery scam targeting older people in the Dakotas and elsewhere is scheduled to plead guilty.
Deon-ville O'Hara, also known as ZJ Wah Wa, is among 26 people who were indicted by a federal grand jury in North Dakota, where the investigation is centered. He is charged with three counts, including conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering.
A plea agreement filed last month calls for O'Hara to plead guilty to conspiracy, which carr ...
Oct 8, 2014, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions multi-state lottery to get harder to win in Oct.
Come this fall, winning the multi-state Mega Millions lottery jackpot will become even more difficult in the 45 states and jurisdictions that offer the lotto game.
The consortium that operates Mega Millions is upping the odds to 1 in about 258.9 million that someone picks all six numbers right.
The current odds are 1 in about 175.7 million that a person correctly chooses five of 56 numbered white balls and one of 46 gold balls.
The odds will change under a new format for the Oct. 22 dra ...
May 20, 2013, 6:14 am - Lottery News forum
Error caused S.D. Lottery to suspend Wild Card validations
The South Dakota Lottery temporarily halted validations for Wild Card 2 lotto tickets for the June 9 drawing to correct an error with the winning numbers.
An incorrect Wild Card was inadvertently entered into the system after the draw. The winning numbers for that drawing were 4, 5, 9, 15 and 21 and the Wild Card King of Diamonds. The Wild Card was initially incorrectly entered as the Jack of Diamonds.
The error was discovered Thursday afternoon by the Lottery, and all validations were sto ...
Jun 13, 2010, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions goes on sale in South Dakota May 16
South Dakota Lottery officials are adding Mega Millions to the state's lineup of lotto games, beginning May 16.
The first Mega Millions drawing in which South Dakota will participate is Tuesday, May 18.
The South Dakota Lottery Commission in late March unanimously approved adding the game. The legislative Rules Review Committee Tuesday approved the administrative rules.
Three multi-state lottery games currently are available in South Dakota: Powerball, Hot Lotto, and Wildcard 2. Dakota ...
Apr 21, 2010, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
S.D. Lottery considers adding Mega Millions
The South Dakota Lottery Commission is preparing to add another lotto game.
The commissioners will hold a rules hearing on Friday to decide whether South Dakota should join 37 other states that offer Mega Millions, billed as America's biggest jackpot game.
South Dakota Lottery Director Norman Lingle declined a request for an interview Monday, according to lottery spokeswoman Kelly Thompson.
Much of what you're asking will be answered in the presentation he is making to the commissione ...
Mar 23, 2010, 7:51 pm - Lottery News forum