Ice Classic manager Cherrie Forness says the winner or winners should be determined by early next week. She says the biggest previous jackpot was about $338,000 in 2011.
In Alaska’s biggest guessing game, people pay $2.50 for each guess as to when the ice will go out on the Tanana River in the tiny community of Nenana, about 55 miles south of Fairbanks. This year, the painted tripod shifted and tripped a clock on the river bank at 7:39 p.m. Monday.
The ice classic has been a tradition since 1917. Records show the ice goes out anywhere between April 20 and May 20.