FAQ

Does the South Dakota Lottery offer a subscription service?

The South Dakota Lottery does not offer a subscription service. However, you may purchase your lotto tickets for up to nine drawings in advance at your local Lottery retailer. Lottery tickets cannot be purchased online in South Dakota.

How can I hear about daily updates, special promotions, and jackpot winners?

  1. "Like" our Facebook page. You must first have a Facebook account and be logged in. Search for "South Dakota Lottery." There are two such pages; make sure to choose the official page which features the South Dakota Lottery logo (The outline of South Dakota with a white 'L'). When you've selected and opened the page, just click on the "Like" button, then hover your cursor over the "Like" button and click "Get Notifications" from the drop down menu.
  2. Follow us on Twitter. You must first have a Twitter account and be logged in. Search for @sdlottery, choose the page and click the "Follow" button.
  3. Join the Players Club

How can I subscribe to the Lottery's YouTube channel?

Begin by going to YouTube. On the menu on the left side of the screen, click on "Browse channels". Under "Add Channels", search for "South Dakota Lottery". In the listing that will come up, simply click the "Subscribe" button under SD Lottery. Remember, you must have a YouTube account to subscribe to channels. Once you have subscribed to our channel, you'll have a front row seat to all of our TV commercials, YouTube videos and game tutorials!

I heard somewhere that even though my scratch tickets aren't winners, I can still enter the code for a drawing. Is that true? If so, where do I enter them?

Play It Again is a second chance drawing program that allows players to enter their eligible non-winning scratch tickets online for a chance to win cash and prizes. To participate in Play It Again, you must be a member of the free Players Club. Not a Players Club member? Join now at Players Club Sign-up. To participate, log-in to the Players Club website as you normally would and click on the "Play It Again" button on the left side menu. That takes you to the Play It Again homepage which features ticket art for all current eligible games. Select the ticket art for the non-winning tickets you want to enter. When you arrive at the ticket submission page, it should show your specific contact information along with entry boxes in which to enter ticket information from your non-winning tickets. The numbers you will be entering from the front and back of your tickets are each composed of 13 digits; be sure you enter ALL 13 digits for each number. Then just click submit and your ticket is entered. Once your non-winning ticket is in the system, you don't even have to keep it! Players may enter up to 40 tickets per day. Get your non-winning scratch tickets back in the game with Play It Again!

Why can't you play video lottery until you're 21, but you can buy lotto tickets when you're 18?

Because it's the law. See SD-CL 42-7A-48.

Why aren't there more scratch tickets with prizes of $50,000 or more? Does anybody play those $1 games?

Our lottery players come in all shapes and sizes, and so do the games they love to play! We do our best to give each player a variety of games and new choices!

How many people have won top lotto prizes in South Dakota?

Jackpot tallies for current lotto games are available on the winners' page for each game: Powerball, Mega Millions, Dakota Cash, Wild Card 2 and Hot Lotto. In the past, four South Dakota players have won Tri-West Lotto jackpots, one South Dakota player won a $1 million Daily Millions jackpot prize, and a $12.4 million jackpot was claimed from the Lottery's first lotto game, Lotto*America. The Powerball jackpot has been won three times in South Dakota, fourteen South Dakotans have claimed Wild Card 2 jackpot prizes, and there have been two Hot Lotto jackpot winners in the state. The jackpot prize for South Dakota's own lotto game, Dakota Cash, has been won 133 times.

What time are the winning numbers posted on your website on the nights of the drawings?

The numbers are posted at approximately 9:50 p.m. (CT) for Dakota Cash and 10:20 p.m. (CT) for Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto and Wild Card.

Will taxes be taken out of my Lottery prize?

The Lottery is required by the IRS to withhold 25 percent from prizes of more than $5,000, effective Jan. 1, 2013. The State of South Dakota does not tax Lottery winnings. As of May 2013, the Hot Lotto jackpot is now paid in a lump sum cash payment with all initial withholding taxes paid.

When playing the Lottery's hold 'em poker scratch tickets, how will I know if my hand of cards is better than the dealer's hand?

People who may not normally play poker are sometimes uncertain if their hand is actually a winning hand. To help you identify the ranks of winning poker hands, click here for an easy reference sheet on "what hand beats what".