(Pierre) - While there were no jackpot-winning Powerball tickets in South Dakota last night, a Valley Springs woman won the $103,289 Dakota Cash jackpot. Wanita Hayne claimed her jackpot prize at the Sioux Falls Lottery office earlier today.
Hayne was having coffee with a friend at Lewis Drug in Brandon this morning when she had her tickets checked for winners. "I told the man at the counter that I knew I didn’t win the Powerball jackpot, but I thought I might have won three dollars. The man told me I’d won big, and I said ‘What, five dollars?’"
One of her Powerball tickets did win $4, but her Dakota Cash ticket was the surprise. "I just couldn’t believe it, and I almost still don’t believe it," she said Thursday
Hayne says she regularly plays Dakota Cash, Wild Card and Powerball. She purchased her "quick pick" Dakota Cash ticket Monday at Lewis Drug in Brandon. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Dakota Cash is South Dakota’s very own lotto game, and is played only in South Dakota.
Powerball sales in South Dakota for Wednesday night’s $261.3 million jackpot draw were $793,205. Sales on Wednesday alone were $501,138, even though lotto terminals were down for a period of time. A communications line was cut in Dover, Delaware, where the Lottery’s central lotto computer system is located.
"Wednesday was the 6th largest Powerball sales day we’ve ever had," said Lottery director Clint Harris. "The large majority of our retailers were down for only a very short period of time, and it doesn’t appear that overall sales were impacted."
The cut communication line left 249 of the state’s 345 lotto retailers down for about 20 minutes early Wednesday morning. Those 249 retailers are connected to the state’s lotto system on dedicated computer lines. Another 96 lotto retailers on dialup connections were down for nearly 5 hours Wednesday morning. All retailers were able to sell tickets during the peak draw day selling time between 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. (CT).