$232.1 million South Dakota Powerball winner to be revealed today

If you’re in South Dakota today, you’ll likely hear people talking about one common topic wherever you go — the anticipated revealing of the state’s $232.1 million Powerball jackpot winner.

It was announced last week that the winning ticket had been purchased, appropriately enough, in a town called Winner. Speculation began to spread soon thereafter that the person who holds the winning ticket is a rancher from rural Mission.

If the winner truly is a rural Mission rancher, his story will likely attract national attention and make him one of the most intriguing Powerball winners ever.

Mission, a town of only about 900 people, is about as far from the mainstream as an American town can get. It’s located in southwestern South Dakota on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, and the town’s population is 75 percent American Indian. About 30 percent of Mission’s people are below the poverty line.

Think of the storyline: A rancher strolls in off the hardscrabble plains of western South Dakota — off an Indian reservation — to claim $232.1 million. What in the world will such a person do with all of that money?

It’s a great story. Heck, it sounds like a pretty good plot for a movie.

Except, of course, if it’s not true. It’s just a rumor that the winner is a rural Mission rancher. We’ll have to wait until 1 p.m. today, when the winner’s identity will be revealed by the South Dakota Lottery at a press conference near the state Capitol in Pierre. Lottery officials say the winner will make brief comments but will not take questions from the media.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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