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
S.D. rancher claims $232M Powerball lottery jackpot
If this were a movie, nobody would believe it: A rancher struggling to eke out a living in one of the poorest corners of America claimed one of the biggest undivided jackpots in U.S. lottery history Friday $232 million after buying the ticket in a town by the name of Winner.
Neal Wanless, 23, said he intends to buy himself more room to roam and repay the kindness other townspeople have shown his family.
I want to thank the Lord for giving me this opportunity and blessing me with this grea ...
Jun 5, 2009, 9:16 pm - Lottery News forum
S.D. Lottery to introduce Powerball winner
The mystery Powerball winner will soon be identified.
The South Dakota Lottery plans a ceremony Friday afternoon in Pierre to introduce the winner of last week's $232.1 million jackpot.
The winning ticket from the May 27 drawing was purchased in the town of Winner, which has two Powerball lottery outlets.
It's the ninth-largest Powerball jackpot ever won and the biggest ever paid out in South Dakota.
Jun 5, 2009, 8:08 am - Lottery News forum
One ticket wins massive $232M Powerball lottery jackpot
Update 1: May 28, 2009, 10:51 a.m.
Update 2: May 28, 2009, 11:22 a.m.
Someone is South Dakota has the one winning ticket in Wednesday night's $232.1 million Powerball jackpot.
The prize, originally estimated at $222 million, came in higher than expected due to heavy sales around the country.
Wednesday's winning Powerball numbers were 5, 6, 12, 16 and 21. The Powerball was 7 and the Power Play multiplier was 3.
This is an absolute thrill, said Norm Lingle, executive director of th ...
May 28, 2009, 7:59 am - Lottery News forum