PIERRE, S.D. – Duane Delaney of Pierre didn’t have to go far to claim his $499,694 Wild Card 2 jackpot from the August 3, 2013 drawing. He lives within walking distance of the Pierre Lottery office and the store where he purchased his winning ticket is just up the street.
Delaney claimed his prize, won on a Quick Pick ticket purchased from Fresh Start-Chekkers on East Wells in Pierre, on August 5, 2013. The store will receive a $4,996 bonus for the sale. Delaney purchases two Powerball, two Hot Lotto and two Wild Card 2 tickets for each drawing, and knew the day after the draw that he was the Wild Card 2 jackpot winner.
“I went over to Chekkers and asked the clerk to print out the winning numbers for me. Then I told my neighbor I thought I won and had him check the numbers, too. So he looked them over and said ‘You’re rich!’” said Delaney.
The 84-year-old Delaney, who has four grown children, plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren, has worked part-time at Wal-Mart in Pierre for the past seven years. But that may change.
“I like working there because I enjoy helping people and seeing friends come into the store. But I’d been thinking about retiring, too, and now I could,” he said.
Acknowledging that the $499,694 jackpot is “the most money I’ve ever had in my life”, Delaney is still deciding what to do with his winnings. Among the possibilities are buying a newer car and traveling to Pennsylvania to visit the site where his parents are buried. And he still plans to play the lottery.
“I want to get the Powerball jackpot next. You have to buy a ticket if you ever want to think about winning,” Delaney said.
The odds of winning the Wild Card 2 jackpot are 1:1,898,688 and the game is played only in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. The jackpot currently sits at $200,000 for the next drawing on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.