February 6, 2023

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South Dakota Cowboy Sells Ranch He Bought With $232.1 Million Powerball Winnings for $37 Million

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Soon after South Dakota cowboy Neal Wanless won a $232.1 million Powerball jackpot in 2009, he expended some of the winnings on a about 50,000-acre ranch north of Rapid City. Now he has bought that ranch for $37 million, more than double what he compensated, according to listing agent Robb Nelson of Hall and Hall.

The seller was Powerball jackpot winner Neal Wanless.


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Mr. Nelson stated to his knowledge, it is the most high-priced ranch at any time sold in the state. Beforehand, the file was held by the $32.4 million sale of the Triple U Ranch, which was highlighted in the film “Dances with Wolves.” That property was bought in 2015 by a business tied to media mogul and big American landowner Ted Turner, Mr. Nelson explained.

Mr. Wanless shown the ranch in September 2020, asking $41.15 million. The price was afterwards reduced to $37.5 million, Mr. Nelson explained. He explained the purchaser is the Kansas-primarily based farm and ranching outfit J-Six South Dakota Land Holdings, which is headed by Daniel E. Gerety II, company information display.


Neither Mr. Wanless nor Mr. Gerety could right away be reached for comment.

The ranch is named Bismarck Ranch soon after a path utilised for the duration of the Black Hills gold rush. With rolling hills, grazing pastures and a river, it incorporates approximately 42,000 deeded acres, about 4,000 acres of land leased for grazing from the Bureau of Land Management and about 1,600 acres leased from the condition. In 2020, Mr. Wanless explained he was leasing significantly of the land to regional ranchers and to BLM, which was jogging wild horses there. 

The assets also incorporates 4 houses, which includes two luxury residences. Just one was developed for Mr. Wanless and his spouse, Jody Gilson Wanless, and the other was constructed for Mr. Wanless’s mother. Mr. Wanless’s Western-type personal home spans about 6,500 sq. ft, with 5 bedrooms as well as a activity area, poker area and screening home. He made it individually, highlighting his intensive taxidermy collection.

Two other houses on the property had been utilized by ranch fingers and visitors.

Mr. Wanless earlier told the Journal that the couple resolved to offer simply because they have been spending additional time at his wife’s family’s cattle ranch in Canada, and had bought a house in Arizona, wherever they strategy to devote the winters.

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Mr. Wanless was 23 when he won the Powerball prize. He told the Journal in 2020 that successful the lottery had only furthered his desire of currently being a rancher.

“I could have retired and carried out genuinely absolutely nothing and sat on my butt and savored it,” he explained. “But I love it. Ranching is a difficult lifestyle, but if you enjoy what you are doing, it’s an effortless lifetime.”

Mr. Nelson explained the South Dakota ranch industry is as robust as he’s ever noticed it, buoyed by a climbing fascination in rural qualities that began amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the space can be rugged. Mr. Nelson claimed the closing was delayed by extra than a week simply because of blizzard and white-out circumstances in the region. On a few independent occasions, the truck delivering the closing paperwork experienced to turn all over due to the fact of temperature, he reported. 

“If you can get by way of a South Dakota winter, you can get by means of just about anything,” Mr. Nelson stated with a chortle.


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