SCAM ALERT: Know who you're talking to
When lotto jackpots grow to wallet-busting proportions, the chance for lottery scams can increase. Here are some things to keep in mind: 1) You cannot purchase lottery tickets online in South Dakota. They can only be purchased from licensed lottery retailers. 2) The South Dakota Lottery will never ask you for personal banking or credit card information on the phone, by email or online. 3) The South Dakota Lottery does not ask players to pay money upfront to claim a prize. And 4) This is the official Lottery website. Websites such as http://www.southdakotalotterylive.com/, despite the fact that the site says "South Dakota Lottery", are not associated with the Lottery and should be considered suspect. For more information on how to avoid scams, visit Scams/Tips for Players. When it comes to the Lottery, play it safe.
Want to know if you have a winning scratch ticket?
Our tickets feature a Failsafe barcode under the latex coating below the play area. Carefully scratch off the latex to reveal that barcode. Then take your ticket to your favorite lottery retailer and scan the barcode yourself in the ticket checker. You'll find out instantly if you're a winner! Winning tickets worth $100 or less can be presented to any lottery retailer for payment. Winning tickets of $101 or more must be redeemed at one of our validation centers in Pierre, Rapid City or Sioux Falls.