At least 3 winners in Nenana Ice Classic

Posted: Wednesday, May 05, 2010

FAIRBANKS - At least three people correctly guessed when the ice would go out on the Tanana River and will split the $279,030 jackpot.

Nenana Ice Classic officials have yet to release the names on the winning tickets. Ice Classic manager Cherrie Forness told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that officials are double checking the more than 234,000 entries to make sure there are no other winners.

"We've finished entering all the guesses and we're doing the comparing now," she said.

The Nenana Ice Classic, in its 94th year, is a springtime tradition in which Alaskans try to guess the precise moment when the ice will go out on the river. The game was started in 1917 by Alaska Railroad workers trying to pass the time in winter while waiting for spring ice breakup.

Now thousands of Alaskans - and even some outside the state - participate in the betting game.

The Tanana River ice officially went out at 9:06 a.m. on April 29 when a tripod on the ice floated downstream and the clock in Alaska's richest guessing game stopped.

If there are three winners in this year's contest, each winning share of the jackpot would be $93,010 before taxes.

Last year, two winners split a $283,723 jackpot when the ice went out at 8:41 p.m. on May 1.

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