FAQ

 

Does the South Dakota Lottery offer a subscription service?

The South Dakota Lottery does not offer a subscription service.  However, you may purchase your lotto tickets for up to nine drawings in advance at your local Lottery retailer. Lottery tickets cannot be purchased online in South Dakota.

How can I "like" the Lottery's Facebook page?

To "like" our page, you must first have a Facebook account. Once you're logged in to Facebook, simply search for "South Dakota Lottery". There are two such pages; make sure to choose the official page which features a full-color sunburst South Dakota Lottery logo. When you've selected and opened the page, just click on the "Like" button at the top and you'll be "liking" us!

 

How can I subscribe to the Lottery's YouTube channel?

Begin by going to YouTube. On the menu on the left side of the screen, click on "Browse channels". Under "Add Channels", search for "South Dakota Lottery". In the listing that will come up, simply click the "Subscribe" button under SD Lottery. Remember, you must have a YouTube account to subscribe to channels. Once you have subscribed to our channel, you'll have a front row seat to all of our TV commercials, YouTube videos and game tutorials!

What happens if I win a Powerball jackpot, take the annuity option, and die before I have collected all my payments?

The remaining installments of your prize will go to your estate or as directed by you in your will, pursuant to SDCL 42-7A-34.
How do I claim a winning ticket? Where can I claim a prize?
Prizes of $100 or less can be claimed at any South Dakota Lottery retailer, regardless of where you purchased your ticket.  Prizes of $101 or more must be claimed with an official claim form at a Lottery office or by mail.  Go to the Claim A Prize page for details. 
How long do I have to claim a prize?
Lotto prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing. Scratch tickets expire 180 days after a game ends. Go to the Scratch Game End Dates page for end dates of active games.
How are Lottery revenues used by the state?
Lottery revenues help fund education, reduce property taxes and develop natural resources. More details are available on the Where The Money Goes page of this website.
How many people have won top lotto prizes in South Dakota?
Jackpot tallies for current lotto games are available on the winners' page for each game:  Powerball, Mega Millions, Dakota Cash, Wild Card 2 and Hot Lotto. In the past, four South Dakota players have won Tri-West Lotto jackpots, one South Dakota player won a $1 million Daily Millions jackpot prize, and a $12.4 million jackpot was claimed from the Lottery's first lotto game, Lotto*America. The Powerball jackpot has been won three times in South Dakota, fourteen South Dakotans have claimed Wild Card 2 jackpot prizes, and there have been two Hot Lotto jackpot winners in the state. The jackpot prize for South Dakota's own lotto game, Dakota Cash, has been won 133 times.
How do I know that the Lottery is safe?
The Lottery is one of the most closely scrutinized agencies in state government and is structured with a comprehensive oversight network of numerous checks and balances. The Legislature establishes the laws governing the Lottery and appropriates the Lottery's budgets.  The Governor is charged with oversight responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer of the state, and appoints the seven-member Lottery Commission that establishes policy and approves major procurements. The Attorney General hires and directs the investigative personnel for background checks on all persons licensed and doing business with the Lottery. The Department of Legislative Audit conducts a comprehensive audit of all accounts and transactions of the Lottery.  Numerous security measures are included in the drawing procedures to assure their randomness, and drawings are independently audited.
What time are the winning numbers posted on your website on the nights of the drawings?
The numbers are posted at approximately 9:50 p.m. (CT) for Dakota Cash and 10:20 p.m. (CT) for Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto and Wild Card.
What happens to prizes that aren't claimed?
If prizes go unclaimed, state law requires that the money go back to players by funding prizes in subsequent lottery games pursuant to SDCL 42-7A-34.
Will taxes be taken out of my Lottery prize?
The Lottery is required by the IRS to withhold 25 percent from prizes of more than $5,000, effective Jan. 1, 2013. The State of South Dakota does not tax Lottery winnings. As of May 2013, the Hot Lotto jackpot is now paid in a lump sum cash payment with all initial withholding taxes paid.
When playing the Lottery's hold 'em poker scratch tickets, how will I know if my hand of cards is better than the dealer's hand?
People who may not normally play poker are sometimes uncertain if their hand is actually a winning hand. To help you identify the ranks of winning poker hands, click here for an easy reference sheet on "what hand beats what".