(Pierre) - John Paul "J.P." Studeny, Jr. of Plankinton should have no trouble making the front page of his local paper. Studeny is the winner of the $570,255 Wild Card 2 lotto jackpot, and he’s the publisher of the South Dakota Mail newspaper in Plankinton.
"I’ll have to make an editorial decision," Studeny said. "I haven’t decided whether to put my photo in yet or not."
Studeny won the jackpot for the March 24 drawing. He had no idea the winning ticket was riding with him for a week, tucked in the visor of his pickup, until he stopped last night at the Coffee Cup Fuel Stop in Plankinton.
"They ran the ticket through and said they couldn’t pay it. I tried not to get too excited until I knew for sure," he said. "I meant to buy tickets for the next drawing, but in all the excitement I forgot."
Studeny claimed the jackpot prize, plus another $2 he won on the same ticket, at the Sioux Falls Lottery office earlier today. The $570,255 jackpot is the 7th largest won in South Dakota Lottery history.
The Coffee Cup Fuel Stop in Plankinton will receive a $5,702 bonus for selling the jackpot-winning "quick pick" ticket.
Studeny is the fourth South Dakota Lottery player to win the Wild Card 2 jackpot, and the second South Dakota jackpot winner in a row in the multi-state lotto game. George Nelson Wolf of Custer won the previous Wild Card 2 jackpot worth $354,838 in October, 2003.
Wild Card 2 is played in South Dakota, Montana, and Idaho. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 31 and a face card, and get two plays for $1. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 1,359,288. The odds of winning any prize in the game are 1 in 6.
The estimated jackpot for tonight’s Wild Card 2 drawing is $105,000.