November 7, 2019
PIERRE, S.D. – Thanks to a second chance drawing, a pair of South Dakota Lottery players will ring in the new year in New York and could return as a millionaire.
Julie Plunkett of Kranzburg and Kelly Engen of Brookings were named South Dakota’s winners of the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve promotion. The South Dakota Lottery, along with other lotteries in the U.S., participated in this second chance drawing which allowed players to enter non-winning Powerball tickets.
The prize for the second chance drawing includes an all-expenses paid trip to Times Square for New Year’s Eve, as well as entry into an additional drawing to become 2020’s first millionaire. The winner of the million-dollar drawing will be announced on ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve broadcast.
For both Plunkett and Engen, the second chance drawing caught their attention immediately. Engen was browsing the South Dakota Lottery’s website to check the winning numbers, while Plunkett’s husband, Dale, alerted her of a chance of a lifetime.
“My husband is actually the one who told me about it, and he knew I would be excited.” Plunkett said. “Going to New York to watch the ball drop is one of those bucket list things that you think about but never think you’ll have the chance to do.”