(PIERRE, SD) – Looking for a way to render someone speechless? Tell them they’ve just won a trip to Hollywood, California. That was the reaction of two South Dakota Lottery players when they got the news that they’d won Hollywood trips through the Lottery’s Wheel of Fortune® scratch ticket game.
Special “ENTRY” tickets submitted by Eric Peterka of Yankton and Melissa Fischer Olson of Sioux Falls were randomly drawn from among 6,186 entries during a Feb. 15, 2012 drawing at the Pierre Lottery office. Both Peterka and Olson won 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.
Peterka, who doesn’t normally buy a lot of scratch tickets, was stunned to hear he was a trip winner.
“I’m just in shock. I must have been feeling lucky the day I picked up that ticket. I’ve never been to California before so to win a trip there is great,” Peterka said.
While Olson frequently gives scratch tickets to family and friends as gifts, she purchased herself some Wheel of Fortune tickets after noticing her mother had bought some. Her “ENTRY” ticket almost didn’t make it in to the drawing.
“I almost threw it away. I enter a lot of things but I never win so at first, I wasn’t going to send it in. But I’m so glad I did!” said Olson.
Each winner can take up to three people with them to Hollywood. Peterka is still deciding who to take but Olson has at least two slots filled.
“I’ll take my husband, of course, and my mom. And I’ve got four kids so we’ll probably have to draw straws to see which one gets to go,” she said.
Players whose “ENTRY” tickets weren’t drawn for one of the two trips still have a chance to be a winner this fall. A second drawing will be held in August to choose one name to be included in a multi-state drawing for a cash prize of up to $1 million. Any entries received for the trip giveaway will also be included in that drawing, as well as any “ENTRY” tickets received between now and 5:00 p.m. August 17, 2012.
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