Jack Strozzi of West Yellowstone put beginner’s luck to the test and came out $10,000 richer! He had an extra $20 bill in his pocket and decided on a whim to purchase his first ever Montana Millionaire ticket and it paid off big! Jack is the winner of Early Bird drawing that was held November 28. There is an additional Pre-Millionaire drawing on December 19.
Jack, who grew up in Whitehall, purchased his winning ticket at Super Save Car Wash, 138 Firehole & Dunraven; W. Yellowstone.
The Early Bird and Pre-Millionaire drawings give players an extra chance to win cash ahead of the final drawing for the $1 million grand prize, two $100,000 prizes and three $10,000 prizes. Jack is still eligible for all other drawing prizes.
There were 49,849 tickets purchased before the 10 am drawing on November 28. Number 8589 went into Jack’s pocket and ended up being the winner.
Over half of the 135,000 tickets have been sold so far. In addition to all of the prize drawings, the game boasts $50 and $500 instant win prizes that are awarded randomly as players purchase tickets. So far almost $150,000 in instant win prizes have been awarded. “Get your tickets,” said Jack. “You can’t win if you don’t play and it’s only $20,” he added.
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.
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.