Changes coming to South Dakota Lottery games following Monday approval

May 11, 2021

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Lottery players will have more ways to win when changes to Powerball and Lucky for Life take place this summer.

Beginning July 19, players will have the chance for a lifetime of winning every day when Lucky for Life drawings are held daily. Lucky for Life drawings are currently held every Monday and Thursday night.

Lucky for Life, which offers players a top prize of $1,000 a day for life, debuted in South Dakota on June 5, 2017. Since sales began, South Dakota has been home to one top prize winner, as well as six second prize winners of $25,000 a year for life.

“Throughout the last four years, Lucky for Life has generated a lot of excitement among our players and retail partners,” South Dakota Lottery Executive Director Norm Lingle said. “We hope that excitement continues to grow with drawings now taking place every night.”

Powerball will also have additional draws on the horizon, but that’s not the game’s only change.

Beginning August 23, Powerball drawings will be held each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday night. Currently, drawings are held each Wednesday and Saturday.

Powerball will also debut a new add on feature to the game. For $1 more each play, players may add the Double Play feature. The add on will incorporate an additional drawing, in which players can win up to $10 million.

Players will have the same numbers for both the regular Powerball and Double Play drawings if they choose the add on.

“Powerball has been a staple of the South Dakota Lottery for decades,” Lingle said. “We anticipate this next evolution of the game will appeal to our players.”

The changes to Lucky for Life and Powerball were approved by South Dakota’s Rules Review Committee on Monday.