Warm weather boosts ticket sales in Alaska ice guessing game

    The annual Nenana Ice Classic could end soon

    NENANA, Alaska (AP) — An annual guessing game in Alaska involving a tripod and melting ice is generating a flurry of late ticket sales.

    The Daily News-Miner reported Thursday that a store and gas station in Nenana have each sold at least 2,000 tickets and ordered extras for the Nenana Ice Classic.

    The newspaper reports that early warm weather has boosted ticket sales before the Friday deadline in the town about 57 miles (92 kilometers) southwest of Fairbanks.

    Participants pay $2.50 per guess of the day, hour and minute the Tanana River ice will break up and cause a tripod to topple.

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

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