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Belgrade Woman Claims $175,000 "Diamond Dazzler" Scratch Ticket Prize
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:14:40 GMT
HELENA - Tonya Barton-Torres, of Belgrade, won a $175,000 prize with a "Diamond Dazzler" Scratch ticket purchased from the Kagy Korner at 1809 S. Tracy Ave. in Bozeman.

Barton-Torres got the ticket as a Christmas gift from her father, Douglas, who told her he knew "it was a winner," when he gave it to her.

Her father was right. Yet when Barton-Torres scratched the ticket Christmas morning, and saw she'd won the jackpot prize, she stayed mum.

She put the ticket in a safe deposit box and told no one other than her parents about the win.

The family drove over to Helena Thursday to claim their winnings at the Montana Lottery Headquarters. Her children didn't know the real purpose of the trip. Barton-Torres told them they were going to visit their aunt.

Once they were on the highway, she handed the winning ticket to her oldest son, David.

"Take a look at this," she said.

David dropped the ticket in disbelief.

Barton-Torres has been planning the best way to use her winnings since Christmas morning. First, she wants to share the prize with her father and two brothers. She's also looking for a new home - a dream house where her kids can grow up.

The Montana Lottery was created by voter referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid over $497 million in prizes and returned approximately $224 million to the State of Montana.

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Wolf Point Mom Wins $12,000
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:18:05 GMT
HELENA - Sheree Welch, 19, of Wolf Point, drove 411 miles yesterday ? all the way from her hometown to the Montana Lottery headquarters - not entirely believing she had actually won $12,000.

Welch won big on a White Hot Bingo Scratch ticket she bought at the Town Pump in Wolf Point. Her sister noticed she'd won even before Welch did.

"She said, 'You just won $12,000,' and I didn't believe her," Welch said. "I didn't really believe her until I got here."

Welch is an avid Montana Lottery player, playing mostly Scratch games. This was her first big win.

She doesn't have specific plans for her winnings. A mother of two young children, Welch said she wanted to "go clothes shopping for my babies."

The Montana Lottery was created by voter initiative in 1986. Since its inception, the lottery has paid out $497 million in prizes and transferred approximately $224 million to help support state programs.

Montana Sports Action Fantasy Football Results for January 24, 2016
Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:36:41 GMT
Here are the statistics for Montana Sports Action Fantasy Football for the ?week ending Jan. 24, 2016.

Total Prize Pool?: $5,009.70
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1st Prize winners:
Diamond Jim's Russell, Missoula, $2,504.90 (50.00% of prize pool)

2nd Prize winners:
Texas Club, Miles City, $1,502.90 (30.00% of prize pool)

3rd Prize winners:
Chance's R Casino, Butte, $1,001.90 (20.00% of prize pool)

1?st Prize Point Accumulation?: ?126.70

2?nd Prize Point Accumulation?: ?119.40

3?rd Prize Point Accumulation?: 118.60

Montana Sports Action is a Fantasy Sports Wagering game facilitated by the ?Montana Lottery on behalf of the Montana Board of Horse Racing?.?

Montana Sports Action Fantasy Football Results for January 17, 2016
Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:09:03 GMT
Here are the statistics for Montana Sports Action Fantasy Football for the ?week ending Jan. 17, 2016.

Total Prize Pool: $6,341.70
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1st Prize winners:
Nickels Gaming Parlour, Helena, $3,170.90 (50.00% of prize pool)

2nd Prize winners:
Magic Diamond Casino, Butte, $1,902.50 (30.00% of prize pool)

3rd Prize winners:
Paradise Falls, Missoula, $1,268.30 (20.00% of prize pool)

1?st Prize Point Accumulation?: ?116.68

2?nd Prize Point Accumulation: 113.96

3?rd Prize Point Accumulation: 106.18

Montana Sports Action is a Fantasy Sports Wagering game facilitated by the ?Montana Lottery on behalf of the Montana Board of Horse Racing?.?

Montana Sports Action Fantasy Football Results for January 10, 2016
Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:51:18 GMT
Here are the statistics for Montana Sports Action Fantasy Football for the week ending Jan 10, 2016

Total Prize Pool: $6,408.20

1st Prize winners:
Sharing $3,204.20 (50.00% of prize pool)
Suds Hut, Helena, $1,602.10 (1 Share)
Suds Hut, Helena, $1,602.10 (1 Share)

2nd Prize winners:
Sharing $1,922.40 (30.00% of prize pool)
Paradise Falls, Missoula, $640.80 (1 Share)
Lisac's Tri Stop, Butte, $640.80 (1 Share)
Lucky Diamond Casino, Billings, $640.80 (1 Share)

3rd Prize winners:
Sharing $1,281.60 (20.00% of prize pool)
Magic Diamond Casino & Liquor, Missoula, $640.80 (1 Share)
Lucky Diamond Casino, Billings, $640.80 (1 Share)

1st Prize Point Accumulation: 101.16

2nd Prize Point Accumulation: 99.96

3rd Prize Point Accumulation: 99.76

Montana Sports Action is a Fantasy Sports Wagering game facilitated by the Montana Lottery on behalf of the Montana Board of Horse Racing.

Montana Lottery Hands Out $132,000 in Prizes in the First Two Days of 2016
Fri, 08 Jan 2016 18:05:01 GMT
HELENA - The Montana Lottery wrote four big checks - literally - in the first two business days of 2016 alone, handing out $132,000 to Montana winners.

- Kathleen Fisher, of Helena, claimed a $10,000 Montana Millionaire prize with a ticket purchased from Safeway at 611 North Montana Ave., in Helena. Fisher originally thought her winning ticket was only worth $100 and was happily surprised to learn her actual winnings were 100 times more than she thought.

- Jessica DelGrande, of Bozeman, won $12,000 on a "Bingo Plus" Scratch ticket purchased at the Loaf 'N Jug at 1910 W. Main St., in Bozeman. DelGrande and her family were visiting Helena when she decided to scratch her ticket - and won big. They stayed another night and drove over to the Montana Lottery headquarters to collect their winnings.

- Wesley Seabolt, of Cascade, won a $10,000 prize with an "All Cash No Taxes" Scratch ticket purchased at the Sportsman Bar and Café in Cascade. He came to his winnings in an unconventional way: Seabolt bought his ticket in early November and scratched off only the icons. He knew he'd won, but didn't scratch off the prize icon to find out what he'd won. Seabolt only knew he had won $10,000 when he took his ticket to the Montana Lottery Headquarters to verify the ticket and collect his winnings.

- Janice Swanson, of Great Falls, won $100,000 on a Montana Millionaire ticket she purchased on her way home from church at Peres Food Basket at 2700 2nd Ave., N., in Great Falls. The grandmother of eight said she has been a Montana Lottery player for years, but never won a prize approaching the amount she took home Monday.

The Montana Lottery was created by voter referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid over $497 million in prizes and returned approximately $224 million to the State of Montana.