The amazing river ice break lottery

I definitely want to get in on this action. Back in the early 1900s, locals in Canada’s Yukon Territory placed bets on the exact moment when the river ice would melt. The stakes started as a round of drinks for the winner. Last year, the winner took home about $318,500. They use a specially constructed wooden contraption to determine ice breakage. When it moves a certain distance down the river, the clock stops.

Follow the headline link for all the details. Here’s a time-lapse of this year’s thaw, just to give you a sense of the process.



  • Mike Burgess

    Nenana is in Alaska, by the way.

    Also, contrary to most Australian’s information (where I currently am residing), Alaska is not part of Canada but is actually the 49th State in the US.

    Gotta love Alaska.

  • lucascott

    Or do the Gaiman version and put an old clunker out there. Bet on what day and time it gets wet