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Montana Lottery News

The Montana Lottery Commission will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at Lottery Headquarters located at 2525 North Montana Avenue in Helena. The meeting is open to the public. A complete agenda is available on the Lottery’s website, montanalottery.com.

The 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. In the past 25 years, it has paid out over $428 million to players in prizes and returned more than $193 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, September 16, 2014, 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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Effective September 8, 2014 the Montana Lottery prize claim hours will be changing. Prizes may now be claimed in person Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM at the Montana Lottery headquarters located at 2525 N. Montana Ave. in Helena. As a Lottery retailer, you can pay prizes up to $599. Prizes over $600 are paid by the Montana Lottery. Prizes may still be claimed by mail at any time. To download a claim form, visit us online at montanalottery.com/claim
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In the lottery world, it’s the one that keeps getting away. The all-cash jackpot in the Hot Lotto game has been quietly growing for nearly a year now, topping the $11.71 million mark for Saturday’s drawing.

The jackpot in the game, sold by 15 U.S. lotteries, was last won in the drawing on Oct. 12, 2013. Two Tennessee co-workers who’d purchased their winning ticket at a convenience store in Dyersburg, Tenn., claimed the $2.2 million jackpot from that night’s drawing. Hot Lotto’s big prize returned to its $1 million starting amount for the drawing on Oct. 16 and has been growing ever since.

"This definitely qualifies as a long jackpot run", said Angela Wong, Montana Lottery Director. “The unique feature in Hot Lotto that sets it apart from our other draw games is that its jackpot is all cash, with withholding taxes paid. That means you get the full amount of the advertised jackpot."

"If the game’s jackpot were an annuity prize, it would be approaching the $30 million mark by now", she said. "But our players said they preferred the all-cash design we debuted last year."

Hot Lotto got its start in April 2002 as a game that offers Powerball-style play, but with easier odds and jackpots starting at $1 million. In May 2013 the game’s jackpot became an all-cash prize paid in a lump-sum amount with all state and federal withholding taxes paid for the winner by the lottery.

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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New Scratch games on sale September 10, 2014. Order yours before they’re gone!

Raccoon Riches
Top Prize - $1,500
Overall Odds: 1:4.05

Groovy Crossword
Top Prize - $12,000
Overall Odds: 1:3.65

Flamingo Bingo
Top Prize - $12,000
Overall Odds: 1:3.9

Word O Rama
Top Prize - $25,000
Overall Odds: 1:3.97

Bing O Rama
Top Prize - $25,000
Overall Odds: 1:3.9

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On sale Now! Wheel Of Fortune® Scratch ticket from the Montana Lottery!
Players can purchase a ticket to enter for a chance to win a trip to Hollywood and an audition for the chance to be a contestant on TV’s WHEEL OF FORTUNE! The Second Chance prize package includes airfare, a hotel room, spending money, two seating passes to a taping of TV’s WHEEL OF FORTUNE. There is also a TUNE-IN-BONUS feature where players have an additional chance to win. Simply watch TV’s WHEEL OF FORTUNE Monday – Friday and complete the TUNE-IN-BONUS section in the Player’s Club. For more information click: http://montanalottery.com/WheelOfFortune

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