Best for Last

For This Year’s Night of Fun, Friends, and Science!

This year we are celebrating 35 years of discovery, so enter your information below to reserve your 2024 reverse raffle entry that give you the spectacular chance to win fabulous prizes and a grand prize of $10,000!

The Best for Last reverse raffle takes place on November 21, 2024. Ticket sales begin on October 1, 2024, at which point payments will be accepted.

What is Best for Last?


November 21, 2023 (Every Third Thursday of November)


South Dakota Discovery Center, 805 Sioux Ave., Pierre, SD 57501


You buy a reverse-raffle ticket and enter into the reverse raffle for a one in 252 chances to win $10,000! Just want to watch? Get a Friend Pass and join in for delicious food and beverages supplied by local vendors!


Our Best for Last reverse-raffle begins with 250 tickets in the drawing, and the last one drawn wins the grand prize. . . . but it is more exciting than just watching names get drawn. Additional prizes are given every 25 tickets, you get FREE food and beverages and:

  • When nine tickets remain in the drawing, Loser’s Boost ticket holders go back in the drawing (in other words, they get one more chance at $10,000!). 
  • Once eight tickets remain in the drawing, two bonus tickets are auctioned off to get back into the race! Adrenaline runs high as bids come in!
  • When only five tickets remain, those still in the drawing get to negotiate! Will they split the $10,000 or will the next ticket be eliminated? ALL remaining ticket holders must agree to split, or the drawing continues.
  • Negotiation proceeds until the final ticket holders agree to split the grand prize or only one ticket holder remains—the best for last. 

Ticket holders do not have to be present to win, BUT the final five must be available to negotiate in-person or via phone.

Attend the Party!


$125, Raffle Ticket 

Includes food, beverages, and a chance at fabulous raffle prizes and the grand-prize of $10,000. Please indicate whether you will be attending the event in-person at the time of purchase. 

If you are unable to attend in person, live streaming is available. Would you like to set up a live stream party? Contact

$25, Loser's Boost

Be a "lucky loser," when only nine tickets remain in the drawing, this is your chance to get back into running for the $10,000 grand prize. Can only be purchased by a Raffle Ticket holder.

$75, Friend Pass

Bring your friends to the biggest celebration of the year! This pass gets them FREE food, beverages, and a fun time at the SDDC Exhibit Hall. Can only be purchased by a Raffle Ticket holder, does not include a chance at the fabulous raffle prizes or $10,000 grand prize. Ticket purchase is encouraged but not required to get in and anyone without a ticket is still welcome to attend the event. 

$20, Childcare (per child, ages 3-12)

Take advantage of our childcare service during Best for Last! From 5:15-8:00pm care for children ages 3-12 is available in the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Community Room for $20 per child. Can only be purchased by a Raffle Ticket holder. 


(You can also sign up to be notified when tickets are available.)

Support the Discovery Center!


$500, Table Sponsor

Limited to 15 table spots. Includes a table display at the 2023 Best for Last event, 1 social media post to nearly 5,000 followers, 1 ad promotion to over 3,000 monthly Happenings eNewsletter subscribers, and inclusion in an event press release.

 $2,000, Event Sponsor

Limited to 5 sponsor spots. Includes event branding, 4 social media posts to nearly 5,000 followers, 1 native ad story in the SDDC Happenings eNewsletter, with cross promotion on social media, 3 ad promotions to over 3,000 monthly Happenings eNewsletter subscribers, inclusion in all event press releases, shout-out during event promotion with local media, a "last year's event sponsors" thank you ahead of our 2024 Best for Last.

Raffle Prize or Vendor

Limited, please inquire. Includes a table display at Best for Last, 2 social media posts to nearly 5,000 followers, 1 ad promotion to over 3,000 monthly Happenings eNewsletter subscribers, inclusion in applicable event press releases.





Thank You Everyone for Supporting the Discovery Center!

Other wonderful Best for Last supporters include: