The 2014 Kuskokwim Ice Classic winners are Harry Pavilla and Alvin Jimmie.
They both guessed the exact time that the tripod would be tripped during breakup, at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 2nd. They’ll split a jackpot of $6,927.50, a bit larger than estimated. Each winner will receive $3,463.75.
The guessing game is organized by Bethel Community Services Foundation and is a fundraiser for Bethel Regional High School Activities. This year Music, Native Youth Olympics and Special Olympics programs will benefit.
There were 134 guesses on May 2nd. 3,240 correctly completed guesses were turned in this year. This is the 2nd biggest jackpot in 10 years. BRHS will receive $6,347.50 for their ticket sales, plus ticket sales at Swanson’s, ID Variety and Crowley’s and work on the database.
This year’s breakup, 27 days earlier than last year’s, caught organizers by surprise and landed right in the middle of many high school activities. As a result, it took more than a week to count all of the guesses for the contest and identify the winners.