Hudson raffle finally draws a winner, prize pot at $321K

HUDSON, S.D. (KSFY) - It’s a lucky day for one South Dakota family as they claimed the winning jackpot Wednesday in Hudson.

Thousands of people filled streets, parking lots, and Waddy's bar in hopes of becoming a big winner.

Wednesday night’s rain, didn’t stop anyone from coming out to see if they had the winning ticket.

"The blue one actually,” one ticket buyer said. “It’s very calming, but I’m not going to be calm when I win.”

Some people bought hundreds of tickets, all of them hoping to win the chance to pick one special card.

After more than a year of drawing cards, searching for the queen of diamonds, only three cards were left Wednesday night.

Come 7:00 p.m., they sold out of tickets.

So one raffle ticket was drawn and winner Ryan Gordon came up for his group to try his hand at finding the queen of diamonds.

“He got it,” Southeast Area Pink Ladies President Sara Pearson said. “He got it.”

“This is amazing,” Gordon said. “When the 888 started it was like oh my gosh.”

Then his uncle walked up to him…

“With a big ol’ grin and says I think, I’m pretty darn sure we have it. I’m like oh my gosh. Oh wow. Unreal. This is unreal. This is crazy.”

“That is that many more people that we can help and we don’t have to turn anybody down,” Pearson said. “We can help whoever needs it within 30 miles.”

One of those people is Julie Olson.

She was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2017.

“Cancer is a disease that is never going to have a cure,” Olson said. “Overwhelming how people just come out and do this.”

Wednesday night they raised over $100,000 for the Southeast Area Pink Ladies, putting this year long fundraiser at more than $300,000 raised for those battling cancer.

“It’s a really great feeling,” Pearson said. “It’s been a lot of work and it’s been really worth it. It’s a great feeling to know that all this hard work raised that much money.”

Ryan said he plans to pay off some bills first with some of the money, but for now, he’s still wrapping his head around his big win.