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South Dakotans Win Cash, Car in Hollywood

For Immediate Release: 6/21/2012

(PIERRE, SD) – Eric Peterka of Yankton and Melissa Fischer Olson of Sioux Falls considered themselves lucky when they each won a trip for four to Hollywood, California through the South Dakota Lottery’s Wheel of Fortune® scratch ticket game. Little did they know that was just the beginning of their lucky streak.


Peterka, Olson and their guests recently returned from their prize getaways, which included among other things, a chance at a $1 million spin-off and participation in a special non-broadcast lottery players-only Wheel of Fortune game with Pat Sajak and Vanna White.


Both South Dakota players had the opportunity to “spin the wheel” with Peterka picking up $300 cash and Olson $1,500. Peterka went on to be chosen as a participant in the non-broadcast lottery players-only game and that’s where his winning really began. The Yankton man racked up another $9,400 in cash while a bonus spin netted him a new Chevrolet® Camaro® convertible.


Players whose “ENTRY” tickets weren’t drawn for one of the two trips could still be winners this fall. A drawing will be held in August to choose one name to be included in a multi-state drawing for a cash prize of up to $1 million. Any entries received for the trip giveaway are included in that drawing, as well as any “ENTRY” tickets received between now and 5:00 p.m. August 17, 2012.


 To enter an “ENTRY” ticket, the person must complete the claimant information on the back of the ticket and sign it then turn it in to any South Dakota Lottery office. Offices are located at 107B New York Street in Rapid City, 3824 S. Western Avenue in Sioux Falls, and 711 E. Wells Avenue in Pierre. Valid tickets may also be mailed to South Dakota Lottery, P.O. Box 7107, Pierre, SD, 57501. The finalist selection drawing for the cash giveaway is set for August 23, 2012 in Pierre. The cash prize drawing itself is scheduled for September 17, 2012 at the offices of MDI Entertainment LLC in Alpharetta, Georgia and will include entries from all participating lotteries.


For more information on the South Dakota Wheel of Fortune scratch ticket game, visit the Lottery website at


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