Tanana River tripod falls in Nenana Ice Classic betting game

Associated PressApril 24, 2012 

FAIRBANKS -- Alaska's Nenana Ice Classic is over.

A spokeswoman for the annual ice breakup betting game says the tripod set up on the Tanana River ice tipped over and stopped the official clock at 7:39 p.m. Monday, Alaska Standard Time.

Ice Classic manager Cherrie Forness says her organization is still in the process of entering all of the guesses into a database. Ice Classic officials will contact the winners when all of the tickets have been entered. She says that could take another week or so.

For $2.50 a guess, ticket buyers try to predict when the ice will go out. The jackpot is traditionally about $300,000. This has been a tradition since 1917, and records show the ice goes out between April 20 and May 20.

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