FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Ticket sales began Saturday for the annual Nenana Ice Classic, but there's a significant change this year -- the price has gone up.
The cost of playing Alaska's oldest and richest guessing game is now $2.50 instead $2. Each ticket allows players to guess the date and time when a wooden tripod set up on the Tanana River ice will move.
The price hike is the first in more than 20 years, said Ice Classic manager Cherrie Forness.
She said it's needed to offset rising costs, including the recent $1.50 increase in the minimum wage. The Classic employs 110 people to help with the guessing lottery.
The cost of printing tickets, brochures and posters also has increased in past years, Forness said.
At least 50 percent from each ticket sale goes toward the jackpot, and the remainder is used for operating costs.
Last year, about 295,000 tickets were sold and the jackpot was $304,000.
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