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Some lucky winner or winners in the 2018 Nenana Ice Classic may be hours away from winning all or part of the jackpot of $225,000 after the tripod tipped over today.
The tripod has tipped but is holding fast and has yet to stop the clock in Alaska’s classic guessing game.
Weather in Nenana is 45 degrees and cloudy with the weather expected to stay above freezing overnight. The weather is forecast to be the same tomorrow.
There were 42 winning tickets in 2017 for a take home of $6,367,71 on May 1st. The jackpot was $267,444, which was $42,444 more than this year’s jackpot.
In its 102nd year, the classic was started first in 1906 by railroad worker,there were only six entries that year. But, after that year, the betting pool was discontinued for 10 years, before being taken up again by railroad workers with ticket sales at Jimmy Duke’s Roadhouse. That year, tickets could only be had if you were a Nenana resident. It was in 1917 that the betting was expanded to include both the Alaska and Yukon Territories. In 1917, the jackpot was a whopping $801.