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, http://www.newsminer.com