Nenana Ice Classic ends with tripod tumble

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s favorite annual guessing game is over.

The winning time for the Nenana Ice Classic is determined when a cable attached to a tripod on the Tanana River ice trips a clock on shore.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that happened at 2:18 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Tuesday, making the winning ticket time 1:18 p.m. Alaska Standard Time.

The Ice Classic traditionally uses Alaska Standard Time.

Officials plan to announce the winner or winners after sorting through tickets. This year’s jackpot is $225,000.

The event began in 1917 as a bet among railroad engineers waiting for river ice to break up. It has paid out more than $14 million in its history.

Participants pay $2.50 per guess of the day, hour and minute the ice will go out.

Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner,

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