South Dakota Lottery

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South Dakota Lottery
Agency overview
Jurisdiction South Dakota
Headquarters Pierre, South Dakota
Annual budget no tax money is used
Agency executives
  • Bob Hartford, Pierre, Chairman
  • Doyle Estes, Hill City, Vice Chairman
Parent agency State of South Dakota

The South Dakota Lottery is run by the government of South Dakota. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). The Lottery is headquartered in Pierre; it is a self-funded endeavor. The minimum age to buy tickets is 18; however, video lottery players must be at least 21.


  • November 4, 1986: South Dakota voters approve a constitutional amendment a lottery.
  • April 2, 1987: The bill to create the Lottery was signed
  • October 16, 1989: Video lottery is established
  • April 19, 1992: Powerball begins
  • November 1992 Voters reject a plan to repeal video lottery
  • June 22, 1994: Supreme Court rules video lottery is unconstitutional
  • August 13, 1994: Video lottery machines shut down pursuant to court order
  • November 8, 1994: Voters approve constitutional amendment to re-authorize video lottery
  • November 22, 1994: Video lottery restored
  • 2000: Voters rejected for a second time to repeal video lottery.
  • 2006: Voters again rejected repealing video lottery.
  • May 16, 2010, South Dakota joins Mega Millions
  • January 15, 2012: Enhanced Powerball game begins.


South Dakota's games include:

Dakota Cash[edit]

Dakota Cash is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. It draws 5 numbers from 1 through 35. Jackpots begin at $20,000. Each game is $1.

Wild Card[edit]

Main article: Wild Card (lottery)

Wild Card is offered by four lotteries including South Dakota's. It also is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. Players get two games for each $1 wagered. Each game is played in a similar fashion to Powerball; in each drawing, five numbers from 1–33 are selected. The sixth "number" is actually one of 16 playing cards; either a Jack, Queen, King, or the Ace of any of the four suits (Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades).

Hot Lotto[edit]

Hot Lotto is played in 15 states and the District of Columbia. It also is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. Hot Lotto draws five "white balls" numbered from 1 through 47, and one orange "Hot Ball", numbered 1 through 19. The jackpots begin at $1,000,000 (all-cash, and "taxes-paid"), increasing by at least $50,000 if there is no top prize winner. Hot Lotto also has an option, called Sizzler (similar to the original version of Powerball's Power Play); it triples non-jackpot prizes.

Originally, Hot Lotto drew from 39 "white balls"; jackpots were paid in 25 yearly installments unless the cash option was chosen.


Since 1990, South Dakota has been a member of MUSL. Powerball began in 1992. Its jackpots begin at $40 million; it also is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Mega Millions[edit]

Main article: Mega Millions

On October 13, 2009, the Mega Millions consortium and MUSL reached an agreement in principle to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball in US lottery jurisdictions. Most lotteries with either game prior to January 31, 2010 added the other on that date. South Dakota joined Mega Millions on May 16, 2010.[1][2]

Monopoly Millionaires' Club (future)[edit]

South Dakota will be among over 20 lottery jurisdictions launching Monopoly Millionaires' Club on October 19, 2014; drawings will be Fridays beginning October 24.

Powerball "Winner"[edit]

A ticket sold in the community of Winner, just north of the Nebraska line, won the Powerball jackpot on May 27, 2009. The ticket holder, Neal Wanless, chose the cash option; after withholdings, Wanless received approximately $88.5 million. The drawtime estimate of the annuity value (before withholdings) was $232.1 million. The prize was the largest won to date in South Dakota.

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