"The South Dakota Lottery – the USA Lottery Co.from South Dakota"
The South Dakota Lotto first began its operations back on April 2nd 1987 after the previous November's referendum saw a 60% majority of South Dakotan voters say a convincing “Yes” to the creation of a State Lottery in South Dakota.
The SD Lottery is operated by the government of the State of South Dakota who oversee the running, organization and administration of each of the South Dakota Lotto games.
Right from when the first South Dakota Lottery ticket was sold on September 30th 1987 – the aim of Lottery South Dakota has been to benefit the people of South Dakota at the same time as providing exciting lottery games that offer affordable entertainment and value to its players.
This is still the case today with SD Lottery funds greatly assisting the areas of Education, Natural Resources and Taxation.
The South Dakota State Lottery is based in Pierre, SD.
The South Dakota Lottery sells lottery tickets from its network of over 570 authorized SD Lottery retailers throughout the state and has its Headquarters at 207 E. Capitol Avenue, Suite 200, Pierre, SD 57501.
In addition to its Headquarters in Pierre – the South Dakota State Lottery has 2 Regional Offices in Rapid City and Sioux Falls.
The SD Lottery also takes part in 3 of the biggest lottery games in the world – the Multi-State USA Lottery games Mega Millions and Powerball – plus the slightly smaller but popular Hot Lotto – all of which we will be looking into in much greater detail.
We will be looking at the various South Dakota Lotto games below – how these games work and who can play them – as well as delving into some of the history of the SD Lottery in more depth.
We will first of all take a look at these multi-state USA Lottery games – that the SD Lottery offers in conjunction with the MUSL – Multi-State Lottery Association and Mega Millions Consortium – and later move on to the other South Dakota Lottery games that are available.
Currently the games offered by the SDLottery that it is possible for players anywhere in the world to buy lottery tickets online for are these two huge USA Lottery games – the Mega Millions and the Powerball – as well as the Hot Lotto.
Other games offered by the South Dakota Lottery that you can play in-state are noted further down the page – if any of these South Dakota Lotto games become available to a wider audience at any time in the future – we will be writing about it here.
Powerball is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run & syndicated across the USA by the MUSL – Multi State Lottery Association – and is one of the largest lottery games in the world having produced a record jackpot of an incredible US$ 1.58 BILLION. This massive amount is the biggest lottery jackpot ever to have been won to date in the history of lottery games arond the world.
The very first Powerball draw took place on April 22nd 1992 with 16 USA Lottery companies – who were all members of the MUSL – taking part after the game changed its format and name from Lotto America which had first started on February 13th 1988.
The South Dakota Lottery is 1 of 47 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the Powerball game – in this particular case the SD Powerball – as part of its overall lottery portfolio.
The SD Powerball was first sold on April 22nd 1992 when the Powerball game was launched – as the South Dakota Lottery was already a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) – having become the 14th state to join on November 15th 1990.
The South Dakota Powerball Lottery works in the same way as the Powerball game works in all the States and Districts in the US that offer the game.
Jackpots start off at US$ 40 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – making for some massive jackpot figures.
6 numbers are drawn in total for the SD Powerball game from 2 separate drawing machines – first of all 5 numbers from 69 white balls are drawn followed by 1 number (the POWERball) from 26 red balls.
Draws for the South Dakota Powerball take place twice every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9.59pm CST (8.59 MST).
In addition to the 6 main Powerball numbers drawn – a further number is drawn – using a Random Number Generator…the Powerball POWERPLAY number…
This separate Powerball POWERPLAY number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4, 5 and occasionally number 10 – and is there to give players of the SD Powerball Lottery a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the South Dakota Powerball jackpot itself.
With Powerball POWER PLAY – you will multiply your winnings on these levels by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – greatly increasing the amount you can walk away with.
During special promotions – the Powerball POWER PLAY multiplier will be 10x – allowing South Dakota Lottery players to increase their Powerball winnings by an incredible 10 times!
So, for just an extra dollar – you can choose to increase your South Dakota Lottery Powerball winnings on all levels except the jackpot – by adding the Power Ball POWER PLAY option when playing.
With the South Dakota Powerball being drawn every week on both Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9.59pm CST (8.59pm MST) there are various ways you can check the Powerball winning numbers.
You can find the latest South Dakota Powerball Results at all South Dakota State Lottery retailers, from SD Lottery terminals, various newspapers and here online at Global Lottery Review where you can also see any previous SD Powerball Results.
The official website for Lottery SD – lottery.sd.gov – will also display the SD Lottery results shortly after each draw.
The South Dakota Lottery Powerball results and Powerball winning numbers are also displayed on lottery.sd.gov – the official website of Lottery SD and will be broadcast on the following TV Channel throughout the State of South Dakota…
KTTW (FOX) Channel 7 in Sioux Falls
There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this South Dakota Lottery game providing a great chance to win something on the SD Powerball.
Odds range from 1 in 291,201,338 for correctly matching all the South Dakota Lottery Powerball winning numbers down to 1 in 38.32 for matching just 1 number correctly.
The overall odds of you winning any prize on the SD Powerball are just 1 in 24.87.
See the Powerball Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate South Dakota Powerball page for a complete list of odds and prizes for this game.
The Mega Millions is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run by and operated by the Mega Millions Consortium – who administer and syndicate the game across the USA and is one of the largest lottery games in the world – having produced a massive world record jackpot of an incredible US$ 656 MILLION on March 30th 2012. This record jackpot was shared between 3 Mega Millions winners from Kansas, Maryland and Illinois.
The very first Mega Millions draw took place on May 17th 2002 with 6 USA Lottery companies taking part who were all members of the Mega Millions Consortium.
The game had changed its name and format from the Big Game which had started on August 31st 1996. Upon this change – 2 further State Lotteries joined and many more were to follow.
The South Dakota Lottery is 1 of 46 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the highly popular Mega Millions game – in this case known as the SD Mega Millions – as part of its overall portfolio of lottery games.
The SD Mega Millions lottery was first sold on May 31st 2010 after the Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL) who run the Powerball game – of which the SD Lottery is a member – had entered into a cross-selling agreement with the Mega Millions consortium – allowing the cross-sales of Mega Millions in Powerball States and Powerball in Mega Millions States.
The SD Mega Millions works in exactly the same way as the Mega Millions game works in all the States and Districts in the USA that offer the game.
Jackpots start off at US$ 40 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – making for some enormous jackpot figures that can be won on the SD Mega Millions.
6 numbers are drawn in total for the SD Mega Millions – from 2 separate drawing machines – firstly 5 numbers from 70 white balls are drawn and then 1 number (the MEGAball) from 25 gold balls.
Draws for the Mega Millions South Dakota take place twice every week on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10.00pm CST (9.00pm MST).
In addition to the 6 Mega Millions numbers drawn – a further number is drawn – using a Random Number Generator…the MEGAPLIER number…
This separate MEGAPLIER multiplier number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4 or 5 – and is there to give players of the South Dakota Mega Millions lottery a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the Mega Millions jackpot itself.
With the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER option – you are able to multiply your winnings on these levels by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – greatly increasing the amount you can walk away with.
If you match the 5 main Mega Millions numbers playing with the MEGAPLIER add-on – and a MEGAPLIER number of 5 is drawn – the second tier prize of US$ 1 MILLION would be multiplied by x5 and you could win US$ 5 MILLION.
A great improvement to the MEGAPLIER facility occurred on October 19th 2013.
So, for just an extra dollar – you can choose to increase your SD Mega Millions winnings on all levels except the jackpot – by adding the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER option when playing.
With the South Dakota Mega Millions being drawn every week on both Tuesdays and Fridays at 10.00pm CST (9.00pm MST) there are numerous ways you can check the Mega Millions winning numbers.
You can find the latest South Dakota Mega Millions Results from any SD Lottery retailer, from SD Lottery terminals, select newspapers and here at Global Lottery Review where you can also see previous South Dakota Mega Millions Results.
You can also check the latest results for the Mega Millions South Dakota via the SDLottery official website – lottery.sd.gov.
As yet – we are not aware of any television channels in South Dakota that air the Mega Millions results and drawings. As soon as we learn of any we will write about it here.
There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this South Dakota State Lottery game providing you with a great chance to win something on the South Dakota Mega Millions.
Odds range from 1 in 302,575,350 for correctly matching all the SD Mega Millions winning numbers right down to 1 in 37 for matching just 1 number correctly.
Overall odds of winning any prize on the SD Mega Millions are just 1 in 24.
See the Mega Millions Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate South Dakota Mega Millions lottery page for a complete list of odds and prizes.
In addition to the South Dakota Powerball, Mega Millions and Hot Lotto games which can be played from anywhere in the world – the SD Lottery also offers various other lotto games which can be played within South Dakota itself like – Dakota Cash 5, Wild Card 2 and Video Lottery plus SD Lotto Scratch Tickets.
If any of these other South Dakota Lotto games become available to a wider audience outside of Idaho at a later date we will write about it here.
In the past – you would have had to buy your lottery ticket in the state of South Dakota itself to take part in any of the SDLottery games – including the South Dakota Powerball and SD Mega Millions.
These days though you can play the Mega Millions Online and the Powerball Online – plus the Hot Lotto Online from anywhere in the world due to the presence of accredited and fully authorized online lottery ticket sales companies like TheLotter.com – allowing you to play wherever you’re based.
So if you live outside of South Dakota or the USA but wish to play either the Powerball or Mega Millions this is simple to do using the right lottery ticket sales companies where you can quickly and easily buy lottery tickets online – and save yourself a fair amount of time too – allowing you to play no matter where you live.
The South Dakota Lottery requires that all players are a minimum of 18 years of age before purchasing any SD Lotto tickets including tickets for the SD Mega Millions and South Dakota Powerball. To play the Video Lottery games that Lottery SD has you will need to be 21 years of age.
If you have won a SD Powerball or SD Mega Millions jackpot – you will be able to claim your prize as either a cash lump sum or as an annuity payment and you will need to make this very important choice within 60 days of making your claim.
If you choose the annuity option – your winnings will be paid to you annually in 30 installments over a 29 year period. All Hot Lotto jackpot wins are paid in the form of a cash lump sum.
For all SD Lottery prizes you will have 180 days from either the date of the draw or the announced end game date to make your claim before your SD Lotto ticket will expire.
If your win on the South Dakota Lottery is up to US$ 100.00 – you can claim your winnings from any SD Lotto retailer or by mail.
If you’ve had a South Dakota Lotto win of US$ 100 or more – you can claim your prize either at one of the South Dakota Lottery offices in Pierre, Sioux Falls or Rapid City or by mail.
If you have won a South Dakota Lottery jackpot prize you will need to make your claim at the SDLottery Headquarters in Pierre.
These details are all taken care for you if you play lottery online with one of the trusted and genuine online lottery ticket sale companies such as TheLotter as it is their job to make your transaction a seamless process – collecting your winnings and sending them directly to you.
A referendum is put to the citizens of South Dakota to see whether they want their own State Lottery. On November 4th they vote a resounding “Yes” with 60% in favour of the creation of a South Dakota State Lottery.
A bill is signed into law on April 2nd – that marks the creation the South Dakota Lottery.
The newly formed South Dakota Lottery begin the sales of their very first lottery tickets on September 30th – MATCH 3 Scratch tickets.
A new bill is signed into law on March 1st – authorizing the use of Video Lottery games by the South Dakota Lottery.
On October 16th – the SDLottery becomes the first USA Lottery company to introduce Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs).
February 28th sees a new bill being passed into law which allows the SD Lottery to sell tickets for jackpot-style lotto games.
On November 15th – the South Dakota Lottery becomes the 14th member to join the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) and begins selling tickets for its LOTTO AMERICA game which was first drawn back on Feb 13th 1988.
On April 18th – the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) conduct the last draw of the LOTTO AMERICA game.
The first South Dakota POWERBALL draw takes place on April 22nd. POWERBALL has a double matrix of 5/45 + 1/45, costs US$ 1 per play and offers jackpot odds of 1 in 54,979,155.
The South Dakota Lottery introduces its first own in-house lotto game on April 12th – DAKOTA CASH.
The SDLottery introduce NICKEL VIDEO LOTTERY games to their portfolio on August 13th.
On February 20th – the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) – introduce a new game called the TRI-WEST LOTTO which has a matrix of 6/41, a rollover jackpot and costs US$ 1 per play. The South Dakota Lottery joins with the Idaho Lottery and the Montana Lottery in selling the TRI-WEST LOTTO.
The first US$ 2 Scratch ticket to be introduced by the South Dakota Lottery appears on March 21st.
On November 23rd the biggest ever Dakota Cash jackpot is produced at US$ 460,469 which is won by Carla Paulson from Fort Pierre.
The MUSL – Multi-State Lottery Association – change the matrix of the TRI-WEST LOTTO to 6/33 on February 4th and offer the players the option if taking jackpot winnings as a cash lump sum.
Another new game is introduced by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) on September 16th – DAILY MILLIONS – where players can win a top prize of US$ 1 Million by picking 2 numbers from each of three sets of 21. Eight USA Lottery companies begin selling tickets for the game including the South Dakota Lottery.
The POWERBALL game is given some changes by the Multi-State Lottery Association – MUSL. November 2nd sees the matrix change to 5/49 + 1/42 and players are given the option to take jackpot winnings in the form of a cash lump sum. The annuity option is also changed from 20 to 25 years.
On February 1st – the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) retire the TRI-WEST LOTTO and introduce a brand new game – the WILD CARD LOTTO.
March 29th sees the MUSL bring the DAILY MILLIONS game to an end.
The following day a new game – CASH4LIFE – is introduced by the MUSL – Multi-State Lottery Association. South Dakota Lottery players take part from the outset on March 30th and can play to win US$ 1,000 a week for life.
The first US$ 3 Scratch ticket is introduced by the South Dakota Lottery on July 7th.
The SDLottery bring out their first US$ 5 Scratch ticket on April 20th.
The Multi-State Lottery Association make changes to the WILD CARD game on May 23rd. The game is renamed WILD CARD 2 and is given a new double matrix of 5/31 + 1/16.
May 26th sees the very first drawing of the new and revamped WILD CARD 2. Jackpots rollover and start off at US$ 100,000 and the game is played by players from the South Dakota Lottery, Idaho Lottery and Montana Lottery.
The CASH4LIFE game is retired by the Multi-State Lottery Association on September 7th.
The following day a new game – ROLLDOWN – is introduced by the MUSL replacing CASH4LIFE. South Dakota Lottery players take part right from the start on September 8th.
September 9th sees the first drawing of the MUSL’s new ROLLDOWN game.
On March 4th the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) add a significant feature to the POWERBALL game – POWERPLAY – a multiplier whereby players can increase their non-jackpot winnings by up to 5 times.
March 7th sees the first POWERBALL drawing including the new POWERPLAY multiplier feature.
The first US$ 10 Scratch ticket to be introduced by the South Dakota Lottery appears on March 8th.
On April 6th – the Multi-State Lottery Association discontinue the ROLLDOWN game.
The following day – the MUSL introduce a new multi-state game which is added to the South Dakota Lottery portfolio – Hot Lotto. Tickets are first sold on April 7th.
April 10th sees the first drawing of the new HOT LOTTO game which uses a double matrix of 5/39 + 1/19.
The Multi-State Lottery Association – MUSL – changes the matrix of the POWERBALL game on October 9th. The new configuration is 5/53 + 1/42 and another feature added is the Match 5 BONUS.
The very first POWERBALL jackpot to be won in South Dakota is the fantastic US$ 50.9 Million won on February 1st by The Watertown 34. This still ranks as the third biggest SD Powerball won to date.
The POWERBALL matrix is given another change by the Multi-State Lottery Association on August 28th – to 5/55 + 1/42.
A world record POWERBALL jackpot of US$ 365 Million is won by a group of Nebraska factory workers following the drawing on February 18th. This still stands as the largest lottery jackpot won in the world to date on a single lottery ticket.
Another South Dakota Lottery POWERBALL jackpot win occurs on May 17th when Bill and Tina Nguyen from Pierre scoop an amazing US$ 116.8 Million. This win currently stands as the second highest in South Dakota Lottery Powerball history.
The first US$ 20 Scratch ticket is brought out by the South Dakota Lottery on July 23rd.
The SDLottery introduces its first RAFFLE game on September 30th.
December 31st sees the first Dakota RAFFLE draw take place.
January 3rd sees the Multi-State Lottery Association introduce its “Sizzler” option for the HOT LOTTO game. South Dakota Lottery players can now play with the “Sizzler” add-on and multiply their winnings when buying their
HOT LOTTO Tickets.
January 4th sees some significant changes to the POWERBALL game – the intention being to create larger jackpot prizes and produce even more winners. South Dakota Lottery players will now see jackpots starting off at an increased US$ 20 Million. Also a new prize level is created – where players can win US$ 1 Million with the Match 5 BONUS feature using POWERPLAY. The Powerball matrix changes to 5/59 + 1/39 and draws for the Powerball move to Orlando’s Universal Studios in Florida – with the Florida Lottery joining in selling Powerball Tickets.
The largest jackpot ever won so far on the SD Powerball is the US$ 232.1 Million won by Neil Wanless from Mission on May 27th. Neil elected to take the cash option of approximately US$ 88.5 Million.
On October 9th an agreement is made between the Mega Millions Consortium and the MUSL – Multi-State Lottery Association – to allow the cross-sales of MEGA MILLIONS tickets within states that offer the POWERBALL game and the sale of POWERBALL tickets within states that offer the MEGA MILLIONS game. The South Dakota Lottery will begin selling MEGA MILLIONS Tickets come May.
On May 31st the South Dakota Lottery sells its first lottery tickets for the national MEGA MILLIONS game – as a result of the recently made cross-selling agreement between the Mega Millions Consortium and the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) – in October 2009.
The first South Dakota MEGA MILLIONS draw on June 1st sees 416 South Dakota Lottery players win a total of US$ 2,426.
Net proceeds from SD Lottery games is used to benefit the citizens of South Dakota in a variety of different ways.
The profits from South Dakota Lottery games is split distributed and shared between the State’s General Fund, the Property Tax Reduction Fund and the Capital Construction Fund.
Since it began in 1987 – the South Dakota Lottery has raised more than US$ 1.8 Billion for these Funds – helping to enhance the quality of life within South Dakota.
South Dakota Lottery funding supports State Education from K-12 Schools through to State Universities and Technical institutes via the General Fund.
Natural Resources such as rural water systems, community drinking water, wastewater improvements, recycling and waste disposal projects for local communities are all specific areas that received SDLottery funding via the Capital Construction Fund.
The Property Tax Reduction Fund uses South Dakota Lottery proceeds to help with the reduction of local Property Taxes on owner occupied and agricultural land in South Dakota.
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