Powerball ticket price is set to doublePIERRE — Powerball players will be paying double come 2012 for their chances to become millionaires.
By: Bob Mercer, The Daily Republic
PIERRE — Powerball players will be paying double come 2012 for their chances to become millionaires.
The multi-state organization that oversees the lotto game has decided to raise the basic price per play from $1 to $2.
The change would take effect for sales for the Jan. 18 drawing.
The South Dakota Lottery Commission will hold a public hearing Nov. 18 on the proposed change.
With the nationwide plan already in place for January, however, the South Dakota commissioners have little choice but to adopt the new rules if they want to continue offering Powerball.
There will be other changes in prize amounts and odds. The starting jackpot will double from the current $20 million to $40 million.
MARK IT DOWN: The governor’s budget address to the Legislature is scheduled for Dec. 6, starting at 1 p.m. Central. The 2012 legislative session opens Tuesday, Jan. 10, and is scheduled for 35 working days.
The final day of the session’s main run is set for Friday, March 2, with the last day Monday, March 19, for handling vetoes or other unfinished business.
IN THE BARREL: The Legislature’s Executive Board will decide Tuesday which state agency should be next up for an annual review in 2012.
Those which haven’t been reviewed in the latest round include the state Human Services Center, the Department of Health and the Bureau of Finance and Management.
The Human Services Center would have been part of a review this year of the Department of Human Services.
But the center fell through the crack in the process, after the center was shifted to the Department of Social Services as part of an executive reorganization after the governor took office in January.
The Department of Human Services review concludes Monday with a final meeting of the legislative committee performing the task. The panel is chaired by Sen. Jean Hunhoff, R-Yankton.
HELPING HANDS: The panel’s title is a mouthful, and the list of people appointed to it by the governor keeps getting longer by the week this fall, for the new South Dakota State Service Commission for National and State Service.
The South Dakota Nonprofit Association was designated by Gov. Dennis Daugaard in April through an executive order to serve as the commission.
The commission in turns provides organizational oversight and is an administrative arm regarding federal funding from the national Corporation for National Community Service that flows to AmeriCorps and other public-service groups in South Dakota.
The latest to be named are Valentina Merdanian of Oglala, Emma Clifford of Pine Ridge and Eric Schlimgen of Vermillion.
They join other recent appointees including Michelle Dubray of Mobridge, Julie Garreau of Eagle Butte, Kathleen Nagle of Pierre and Nancy Wietgrefe of Spearfish.
Most of the new commission comes from three communities.
From Rapid City are Tom Katus, Helen Usera, Joy McCracken, William Colson, Hani Shafai, Joan Conroy, Sandra Diegel, Robert Engmann and Ritchie Nordstrom.
From Vermillion are LeRoy LaPlante, William Anderson, Richard Braunstein and Sarah Wittmuss.
From Sioux Falls are Michelle Madsen, Jean Huegel and William Wyland, along with Sara Carothers of Brandon and Michael Saba of Hartford.