(Pierre) – The jackpot signs at Lottery retailers across the state say the current top prize for the Wild Card 2 game is $999 thousand. It’s not because they don’t want to show the actual jackpot; it’s because they can’t.
The estimated jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing is really an estimated 1,020,000, but the Lottery’s jackpot signs for Wild Card 2 can only display up to $999 thousand. The signs will continue to show that amount until someone wins and the cash jackpot starts over at $100,000. The correct jackpot amount is available at the Lottery’s website at http://www.sdlottery.org.
The three foot square signs with LED displays are hung in convenience and grocery stores that sell lotto tickets. Each sign can display three digits and decimals for each of the four lotto games offered by the Lottery. While the numbers can change, the dollar denomination below the amount is permanently displayed. For Wild Card 2 and Dakota Cash, the denomination is thousands. For Powerball and Hot Lotto, it’s millions.
Wild Card 2 is played in South Dakota, North Dakota, Idaho and Montana. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 31 and a face card (wild card) and get two plays for $1. The odds of winning the cash jackpot are 1:1,359,288.