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Montana Lottery News


The Montana Lottery Tuesday announced Peres Food Basket of Great Falls is the 2013 Retailer of the Year and recipient of the Robert D. (Bob) Harper II Memorial Outstanding Lottery Retailer Award.

Lottery officials traveled to Great Falls to surprise the store with the award and celebrate with its employees. Laurie Peres, owner of Peres Food Basket accepted the award, presented by Lottery Director Angela Wong, on behalf of the staff.

The award recognizes outstanding dedication, enthusiasm, commitment, performance and high standards for sales of Lottery products. It was created in memory of Sidney native Bob Harper, an influential sales representative and manager for the Lottery from 1987–1999.

To be eligible for the award, a retailer must be nominated by its Lottery sales rep. Debbie Sebens, sales rep for the region covering Great Falls, said she nominated Peres Food Basket for its enthusiasm.

“Laurie is always looking for innovative ways to increase sales and foster excellent customer relations,” said Sebens. “One of the ways she does that is by running themed monthly promotions,” she added.

Previous winners of the Harper award are:

1999 – Friendly’s East, Helena
2000 – Mini Mart #714, Fairview
2001 – Ranch Hand, Eureka
2006 – Schulte’s 38th St. Store, Great Falls 2007 – TJ’s Gas N Convenience, Livingston
2008 – The Short Stop, Miles City
2010 – Van’s Thriftway, Helena
2012 – Town Pump, Wolf Point

The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid more than $459 million in prizes and returned more than $210 million to the State of Montana.

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The new, improved, Montana Cash game will be launching May 11, 2014, and the draw-down begins February 19, 2014.

Montana Cash is still the same great game, at the same great price but with bigger jackpots and more prizes to win!

Under the new matrix, Montana Cash jackpots will start at $40,000 instead of $20,000 and will continue to increase by $10,000 each draw. The pool of numbers to choose from will be increasing from 37 to 45, but with the addition of a $1 prize for matching two numbers, the overall odds of winning will increase from 1:42.6 to 1:5.7.

So what do you need to know about the draw-down? The draw-down begins February 19, 2014 and continues until the game re-launches on May 11, 2014.

Your terminal will automatically limit the maximum number of draws allowed for multi-draw tickets with each draw until the game re-launches.

Detailed information and a draw-down schedule are available HERE!
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New Scratch games are on sale. Have you ordered them yet?


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You may have noticed terminal-issued tickets look a little bit different now. While the barcode appears to be the same, the number corresponding to the barcode (printed above it) has changed from a 35-digit number to a 55-digit number. This change doesn’t apply to Scratch tickets.

This change occurred in order to comply with new ticket security regulations from the Multi-State Lottery Association, which administers the multi-state lotto games Montana participates in.

You shouldn’t notice any difference while scanning these barcodes to pay winning tickets. The only impact it may have on you is if a barcode is damaged or otherwise unreadable, in which case you would have to type the longer number into the MANUAL PAY screen in order to validate the ticket.

If you have any questions, please call the Hotline at 800.425.1435.


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Karen Wolcott, longtime Lottery Sales Rep for Region 7 (Kalispell area) has retired after 26 years of service to the Montana Lottery. Karen was a great member of the team, and she will be missed.

Karen began her career with the Lottery in retailer licensing, and has been successful in sales ever since. She has now retired in an area close to family and is looking forward to spending some time with her husband and her dog.

Karen is handing over the reins to Wyman Hewitt, formerly the Lottery’s Sales Rep Relief from Helena, and gives him her full endorsement. Karen said she thoroughly enjoyed working with Wyman and wholeheartedly believes he’s the best man for the job. Congratulations, Karen!

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