"The Alaskan lottery" Nenana by sswagner

Nenana Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 61 photos

Nenana is situated on the river by the same name between Denali National Park and Fairbanks. It is famous for the unique lottery held here every year. When the river ices over, a tripod with a clock is set up on it. From the moment the tripod is set out, someone observes it from a watchstation so that the tripod is left undisturbed. When you buy the lottery ticket, you are to guess the exact time and date that you think this tripod will fall through the ice during the spring. This is the date and time that you write on the ticket. Then, you drop the ticket in a can. If you are closest to that time, then you win the lottery. I played and missed it by about a day. Not too bad, I guess.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Scenic setting on the Nenana River
  • Cons:Gets cold in the river.
  • In a nutshell:The lottery and story behind it is interesting
  • Last visit to Nenana: Feb 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
  • Add to Trip Planner (?)
  • Report Abuse



“Not all those who wander are lost--JRR Tolkien”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 9 7 6

Badges & Stats in Nenana

  • 0 Reviews
  • 1 Photos
  • 0 Forum posts
  • 222PageViews

Have you been to Nenana?

  Share Your Travels  

Latest Activity in Nenana


See All Friends (3)

Travel Interests

See All Travel Interests (5)