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Montana Lottery Commission to Meet
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 20:20:13 GMT
The Montana Lottery Commission will hold a public meeting on May 7, 2015, at 10:30 AM. The meeting will be held at Lottery Headquarters located at 2525 North Montana Avenue in Helena. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and award the Montana Lottery Scratch RFP. A complete agenda is available on the Lottery's website, montanalottery.com.

Lottery Commission consists of five members appointed to four-year staggered terms by the Governor. Current Commissioners are: Tom Keegan, Helena; Leo Prigge, Butte; Frank DiFonzo, Sidney; Cindy Hiner, Deer Lodge; and Commission Chair, Wilbur Rehmann of Helena.

Lottery Commissioners are responsible for determining policies for the operation of the Lottery and considering recommendations of Lottery staff in the types and forms of games offered, as well as percentages of prizes paid and price of each ticket or chance sold.

The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid over $483 million in prizes and returned approximately $217 million to the State of Montana.

The State of Montana makes reasonable accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with a person's ability to participate in State Government. Persons needing an accommodation should notify Denise Blankenship, no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, to allow adequate time to make necessary arrangements. Please call (406) 444-5801 or TTY 444-9642 to make your request known.

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Montana Sports Action Fantasy Racing Results - June 28th
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:56:41 GMT
Here are the statistics for Montana Sports Action Fantasy Racing for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Sonoma Raceway on June 28th, 2015.

Total Prize Pool: $1,208.90

Number of 1st Prize winners:
3 - Sharing $604.80 (50.00% of prize pool)
- Mint Bar, Chinook, $201.60
- Jorgensons Restaurant & Lounge, Helena, $201.60
- Mullan Magic Diamond, Missoula, $201.60

Number of 2nd Prize winners:
1 ? Halftime Sports Bar & Casino, Great Falls, $362.90 (30.00% of prize pool)

Number of 3rd Prize winners:
9 ? Sharing $241.20 (20.00% of prize pool)
- Silver Slipper, Missoula, $26.80
- Red Garter Casino, Helena, $26.80
- Marvin's Bar, Missoula, $26.80
- Halftime Sports Bar & Casino, Great Falls, $26.80
- First & Last Chance Bar, Eureka, $26.80
- Hangar, Glasgow, $26.80
- Dotty's Casino, Billings, $26.80
- Papa Ray's Casino, Clancy, $26.80
- Silver Slipper, Missoula, $26.80

1st Prize Point Accumulation: 892.00

2nd Prize Point Accumulation: 875.00

3rd Prize Point Accumulation: 872.00


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

Kalispell Woman claims $20,000 Powerball Prize
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:34:27 GMT
It's hard to have the Monday blues after winning $20,000! Sheri James of Kalispell can certainly attest to that. She claimed a $20,000 Powerball prize from the June 20 drawing, with a ticket purchased at Appleway Conoco, 100 North Merician Road; Kalispell.

Suddenly growing $20,000 richer can be hard to take in, and for Sheri James it was no different. She shared with us that her first reaction to winning the money was that she was "in awe." "I just kept thinking 'this can't be happening,'" Sheri told us. Her husband was also amazed.

Sheri does not have any plans for her winnings as of yet, but said she is "excited to figure out what she wants to do with the money."

The Powerball jackpot is estimated at $40 million for Wednesday?s drawing.

The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid over $483 million in prizes and returned approximately $217 million to the State of Montana.

Great Falls Man claims $12,000 Scratch Prize
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:17:19 GMT
How does starting off the week with $12,000 sound? Kenneth Potolicchio of Great Falls certainly wasn't opposed to the idea! He claimed a $12,000 Scratch prize today from playing "Pot O' Gold Bingo" with a ticket purchased at Albertsons, 2250 10th Avenue South; Great Falls.

Kenneth is a retired veteran who spent 33 years on active duty for the Coast Guard. He and his wife like to buy Scratch tickets a couple of times a month just for fun, and often scratch them in the same room. When his wife realized the ticket was a winner, she shared the good news with Kenneth, who replied "No it isn't!" Luckily for them, however, she was right. They had won $12,000!

Kenneth plans to spend the winnings on a new, three-wheeled motorcycle. "I can use it to tour all over Montana," he told us.

The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid over $483 million in prizes and returned approximately $217 million to the State of Montana.

Laurel Woman claims $25,000 Scratch Prize
Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:58:02 GMT

Good luck has struck the eastern half of Montana! Sarah Nessan of Laurel claimed a $25,000 Scratch prize that she won while playing "Pac-Man" with a ticket purchased at Town Pump, 215 Main Street; White Sulphur Springs.

Sarah is a business owner that deals with mini-storage units across the state. Though she often gets Scratch tickets from friends, she had yet to win anything substantial. Nonetheless, this time was to be different. When she first suspected that she had the winning ticket, she immediately asked, "Is this real?" It was no fantasy, however. Sarah had instantly grown $25,000 richer! "It still feels surreal," she shared with us.

Sarah plans on using her unexpected windfall to teach her young son how to invest wisely in stocks. "I?m also remodeling my house," she told us. "So a large portion will probably go toward that as well."

The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid over $483 million in prizes and returned approximately $217 million to the State of Montana.

"Luck that Lasts a Lifetime" has once again come to Montana!
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:05:58 GMT

HELENA - The Montana Lottery's newest game, Lucky for Life, has yet another $25,000 a year for life winner. Iva Johnston of Missoula came to Lottery headquarters today to claim her $25,000 a year for life prize with a ticket she purchased at Ole's, 3705 Highway 200 East; Missoula.

Iva took the day off of work to come claim her prize. As Lucky for Life has only been a part of the Montana Lottery's lineup for five months, she is the second person in the state to win $25,000 a year for life and the 21st person to win this prize level since the game started nationwide.

Lucky for Life is the newest draw game product introduced by the Montana Lottery since Mega Millions was introduced in 2010. Lucky for Life boasts a top prize of $1,000 a day for life, payable as an annuity or lump sum and a secondary prize of $25,000 a year for life, payable as an annuity or lump sum. The Montana Lottery has paid out 12 $5,000 prizes as well as two $25,000 a year for life prizes so far!

The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid over $483 million in prizes and returned approximately $217 million to the State of Montana.