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The Montana Lottery's ninth year of Montana Millionaire is back on November 1!

Featuring Montana's best odds of winning $1 million, Montana Millionaire tickets are limited to 135,000 and only available until December 31, or until they're gone, whichever comes first. Last year's game sold out for the third year in a row, before the deadline, and Jeff Fallang of East Helena became the state's newest millionaire.

Every ticket purchased could win the $1 million grand prize, one of two $100,000 prizes, or one of three $10,000 prizes.

Players who buy their tickets early will be eligible to win up to two additional $10,000 drawings, the November 27 Early Bird Drawing and the December 18 Pre-Millionaire Drawing. Winners of these drawings are still eligible to win the grand prize of $1 million!

Finally, $50 and $500 instant-win prizes will be awarded randomly throughout the game.

There are over $1.55 million in total prizes up for grabs in the ninth year of Montana Millionaire!

Montana Millionaire tickets may be purchased from any Lottery retailer. Tickets cost $20 each. Tickets can also be purchased via QR Code on select Lottery machines throughout the state or by players using e-Playslip on their mobile devices, which they present in-store. When a player presents a QR Code from their device, simply scan it at the terminal and a ticket will be generated automatically!

For more information about Montana's exclusive seasonal raffle game, including a list of where instant-win tickets are being sold, visit montanalottery.com/montanamillionaire. Winning numbers for the early and final drawings will be posted on the drawing day.
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Get Powered Up! The new Powerball is here!

Sales started October 4 with the first draw occurring October 7. With improved overall odds for winning, and a new 10X multiplier on jackpots up to $150 million, the chances for winning big have never been better.

All prize levels stay the same except that the Match 4+1 prize increases from $10,000to $50,000! The Match 5+0 prize level will stay $2 million for 5 of 5+0 with Power Play. The other multipliers of 2X, 3X, 4X, and 5X are still in play.

And it's still only $2 a play plus $1 to add Power Play.

Powerball still has Montana's largest starting jackpot of $40 million, now with better overall odds. It's all in the draw! Starting jackpots of $40 million.

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The summer harvest might be close to over in Winifred, but not for Dale Smith, who won $25,000 a year for life with a Lucky For Life ticket purchased at the Winifred Grocery, 201 Main St; Winifred.

When Dale stopped by the grocery store, he was told he should "head home and check his ticket", because the grocery store knew they'd sold a winning ticket, and Dale's just one of a couple who play Lucky For Life in Winifred. So Dale called his wife and said, "check it out, we may have won $5,000." But she checks a little deeper, and says "You'd better come home."

Once Dale saw the numbers and the prize, he called his daughters and they planned a trip to Helena to collect their prize.

Once in town, the family decided to take the prize as a lump sum, which came to over $390,000 before taxes. Dale told us his wife and daughters spent the whole trip planning how to spend the money, and shopping for cars. When asked if they were going to stay and celebrate in Helena, the Smiths said no, they needed to get home to have a party with their four brothers.

This is the third $25,000 a year for life ticket that has been sold in Montana. 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 was created by 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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James Schiewek of Missoula had to check his ticket "about 20 times" to make sure, but now he believes "it's happening to me." James claimed the largest Montana Cash Jackpot ever, $410,000, with a ticket purchased at Fast Trip, 2730 South Reserve St., Missoula.

It took a little time for James to come to grips with his win, and it still hasn't really sunk in yet. He did manage to have a celebratory BBQ of Brats and Tri-Tip with his friends, and is still in shock his $1 Quick Pick ticket paid off so big.

James was very quick to know where this money was going. "It's going to pay for my daughter's college education." But there will be enough left over so that James can use some of the jackpot winnings to take a road trip to Canada 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.

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