The Montana Lottery announced The Short Shop of Miles City as the 2014 Retailer of the Year.
Lottery officials traveled to Miles City on June 24 to surprise the store with the award and celebrate with its employees and customers. Sales Representative Kim Smarsh presented Frank Ngo, owner of The Short Stop, the award on behalf of the Lottery 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 representative. Even though The Short Stop won this award in 2008, their constant support of the Lottery drove Kim Smarsh to nominate them again. Smarsh, sales rep for the region covering Miles City, said she nominated The Short Stop for its enthusiasm and dedication.
"I would love to video them selling Lottery tickets to their loyal customers. They have so much fun!" said Smarsh. "They are the number one retailer in the state," 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
2013 - Peres Food Basket, Great Falls
The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid more than $483 million in prizes and returned more than $217 million to the State of Montana.