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Deadline Nears for Lottery Trip Giveaway

For Immediate Release: 1/18/2012

(PIERRE, SD) - South Dakota Lottery officials are reminding holders of Wheel of Fortune "ENTRY" scratch tickets to turn them in to lottery offices now if they want the chance to win one of two trips to Hollywood, California to be awarded next month.


The $5 scratch ticket gives players the opportunity to win a trip for up to four people to Hollywood April 24-28, 2012. Included in the prize is a chance at a $1 million spin-off to be held as part of a special non-broadcast, lottery players-only Wheel of Fortune game with Pat Sajak and Vanna White to take place during the trip.


To be eligible to win one of the two Hollywood trips, entries must be postmarked by February 9, 2012 or turned in by 5:00 p.m. on that date. While Lottery director Norm Lingle advises players to submit their "ENTRY" tickets now, those who don't hit the February deadline still have a chance to be a winner this fall.


"Any of these 'ENTRY' tickets that are received by the Lottery by 5:00 p.m. August 17, 2012, will be entered into a second drawing to choose one name to be included in a multi-state drawing for a cash prize of up to $1 million," Lingle said. "Any entries received for the trip giveaway will also be included in that drawing."


To enter an "ENTRY" ticket, the person must complete the claimant information on the back of the ticket and sign it then turn it in to any South Dakota Lottery office. Offices are located at 107B New York Street in Rapid City, 3824 S. Western Avenue in Sioux Falls, and 711 E. Wells Avenue in Pierre. Valid tickets may also be mailed to South Dakota Lottery, P.O. Box 7107, Pierre, SD 57501.


As of January 15, 2012, the Lottery has received 4,826 entries for the trip drawing. The Hollywood Trip package drawing will be held February 15, 2012 at the Lottery's main office in Pierre. The finalist selection drawing for the cash giveaway is set for August 23, 2012 in Pierre. The cash prize drawing itself is scheduled for September 17, 2012 at the offices of MDI Entertainment LLC in Alpharetta, Georgia and will include entries from all participating lotteries.


For more information on the Wheel of Fortune game, visit the Lottery website at

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