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Manager of Nenana Ice Classic guessing game says 28 winning tickets to split jackpot


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Nenana Ice Classic organizers say 28 winning tickets will split this year's $330,000 jackpot.

Ice classic manager Cherrie Forness said Friday each ticket represents winnings of $11,797.50.

Forness says organizers have reached most of the ticket holders.

The ice went out on the Tanana River at 2:25 p.m. on April 24 (the game observes standard time, not daylight).

The classic dates back to 1917, the first attempt for people to predict when winter ice would break up on the Tanana River in Nenana. Nowadays, people pay $2.50 per ticket to guess the correct time the river pushes a wooden tripod downstream and stops a connected clock on shore.

This year, the tripod tripped the previous night and floated about 50 yards downstream before it got caught in an ice jam.

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