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Final Wild Card 2 drawing on Wednesday

PIERRE--After 22 years in South Dakota, the Wild Card 2 lotto game holds its final drawing this week. The jackpot for the final draw is $375,000. The game produced 21 jackpot winners in South Dakota through the years, the largest being the $1,385...

PIERRE-After 22 years in South Dakota, the Wild Card 2 lotto game holds its final drawing this week. The jackpot for the final draw is $375,000.

The game produced 21 jackpot winners in South Dakota through the years, the largest being the $1,385,486 prize won by Robert Dunn, of Rapid City, in 1999. South Dakota Lottery executive director Norm Lingle says the big question on players' minds this week is what happens if no one wins the jackpot in the final drawing.

"If there's no jackpot winner for Wednesday's draw, the remaining funds will be divided among the four states that offer the game. South Dakota's share will be used first to meet our obligation for the cost of concluding the game and for paying prizes for any claims that come in during the 180 day redemption period following that last draw," Lingle said. "Any money left after that will go to support the new EZ Match option being added to the Dakota Cash game later this year."

Wild Card 2 got its start in 1994 as Tri-West Lotto and was offered only in Idaho, Montana and South Dakota. In 1998, it was changed to Wild Card and was finally revised to Wild Card 2 a year later. It's currently played in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Lingle says the game will be missed.

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"Wild Card 2 had some very loyal players in South Dakota and we want to thank those people and our retailers for being so supportive of the game during its run in our state," he said.

Wild Card 2 tickets will continue to be sold at all lottery retailers until 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Winning numbers for the final draw will be displayed on the Lottery website at lottery.sd.gov until March 24 and the flat screen monitors at lottery retailers until April 1 so players can check their tickets.

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