PIERRE, S.D. – Jake Barbarevech of Spearfish had one crumpled dollar bill left after buying his Powerball, Hot Lotto and Wild Card 2 tickets for the July 10, 2013 drawings. Realizing that he hadn’t played Dakota Cash in a couple of years, he handed the dollar to the clerk at Big D Oil #11 on Main Street in Deadwood and said, “Let me have a Dakota Cash ticket.”
On July 11, 2013, he claimed the $84,797 Dakota Cash jackpot from the July 10, 2013 drawing. And Big D Oil #11 will be getting a $4,239 bonus for selling him the winning ticket.
Barbarevech knew within a matter of hours after the drawing that he was the jackpot winner. As he usually does, he checked his numbers online and at first thought he only matched four of the five winning numbers.
“I thought, great, I have to drive all the way to Rapid City for $100. Then I looked again, wrote the numbers down on the ticket, and figured out I had all five. Well, then I hollered for the wife,” he said.
After she was awake, Linda Barbarevech, who at first didn’t believe her husband, checked the numbers herself and confirmed the win. The couple then proceeded to wake up the rest of the house to share the good news. Among the first to hear it were their son and daughter-in-law, who recently moved to Spearfish from New Jersey. The Barbarevech family also includes eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
As to what they will do with the winnings, Linda Barbarevech says the money couldn’t have come at a better time.
“This has been a tough year with Jake out of work for a while. Now we’ll be able to pay off some bills and get caught up,” she said. Her husband adds, “Then we’ll figure out what to do with the rest of it.”
And since his lucky purchase paid off in such a big way, will he start playing Dakota Cash on a regular basis again?
“Oh, yes. I’d tell other players you can’t give up. You can do it on just a dollar,” Barbarevech said.
Dakota Cash is played and won only in South Dakota; the odds of winning the game’s jackpot are 1:324,632. The jackpot starts again at $20,000 for the next drawing on Saturday, July 13, 2013.