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Watertown Area Group Claims $230,000 Wild Card 2 Jackpot

For Immediate Release: 7/24/2014

Pierre, S.D. - A group of 14 co-workers from a Watertown area business on July 23, 2014 claimed their $230,000 Wild Card 2 jackpot from the July 19, 2014 drawing at the Sioux Falls Lottery office.


The "EMPI 14", comprised of 12 women and two men, all work in the West Building of the EMPI facility in Clear Lake. They've been purchasing lottery tickets as a group for a number of years and this is their first jackpot win.


If split equally, each member of the "EMPI 14" will receive about $12,321 after taxes. Members of the group include: Rhonda Baxter, Clear Lake; Donna Crooks, Astoria; Linda Kalsbeck, Watertown; Dian Koppman, Clear Lake; Louis Lasart, Watertown; Carol Nagelhout, Castlewood; Rory Pond, Aurora; Margo Sample, Clear Lake; Mary Schake, Clear Lake; Gail Seeklander, Bruce; Dianna Theisen, Clear Lake; Loretta Tvedt, Brandt; Carolynn Webber, Gary; and Kay Wieber, Clear Lake.


The odds of winning the top prize in Wild Card 2 are 1:1,898,688. The winning ticket was purchased at Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits on 9th Avenue in Watertown; the business will receive a $2,300 bonus for the sale.


Wild Card 2 is played in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. The jackpot currently sits at $205,000 for the next drawing on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

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