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Brookings Couple Claims $698,933 Wild Card 2 Jackpot

For Immediate Release: 11/17/2008

(Pierre) - Curtis Ness and his wife Cheryl Herrig-Ness of Brookings today claimed the 10th largest lotto jackpot ever won in South Dakota.

The couple won Saturday night’s $698,933 jackpot for the multi-state Wild Card 2 lotto game, and claimed their prize this afternoon at the Lottery office in Sioux Falls.

“This is something you dream about, but don’t think is possible,” Curtis Ness said. “It’s very exciting.”

The couple discovered they’d won this morning while on the phone together. Curtis had left his wallet at home and Cheryl checked the ticket with the numbers Curtis read to her. Their disbelief is starting to give way to the reality of winning a jackpot.

“I feel kind of numb,” Cheryl said. “It’s not going to change a lot, but will make our future a lot brighter.”

“This will make retirement possible,” Curtis said.

With all the attention to the jackpot, the couple didn’t know until claiming the prize at the Lottery office that they’d also won an additional $1 on another play on the ticket.

Ness purchased the winning “quick pick” ticket at the Casey’s General Store at 122 West 6th in Brookings. The store will receive a $6,989 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

This is the sixth time the jackpot has been won in South Dakota. The game is currently played in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Idaho.

The jackpot for the next drawing on Wednesday night starts again at $100,000. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1:1,359,288.

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