Jan 1, 2013 1:04 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - Several people will be very happy when they check their tickets in the Montana Millionaire lottery game.
The grand prize million-dollar ticket was sold at the Cono Mart Superstore in Laurel; the ticket number is 012213.
Two other winning tickets are worth $100,000, and three other tickets are worth $10,000.
The first of the $100,000 tickets was sold at Holiday store #274 in Billings; the ticket number is 028389.
The other $100,000 ticket was sold at TJ's Quik Stop in Poplar; the ticket number is 082544.
The first of the $10,000 winning tickets was sold at RD's Travel Stop in Butte; the ticket number is 093055.
One other $10,000 winning ticket was sold at Bob's Supermarket in Townsend; the ticket number if 013416.
The other $10,000 winning ticket was sold at Reese & Ray's IGA Plus in Laurel; the ticket number is 018808.
This marks the sixth year for the popular game, which featured odds of 1 in 130,000 of winning the $1 million grand prize.
The drawing took place on Tuesday morning at Lottery headquarters in Helena; it's all electronic and the winning numbers are generated through a computer system.
Lottery officials noted that tickets sold faster this year than in previous years.
"This is our sixth year in the game. I think it was really special for us. It is the first time that we have sold out. It happened early on Saturday night. It's just an incredible year for the Montana Lottery in general. It was our 25th anniversary and we have hit a lot of milestones, and for us selling out was a highlight," Lottery spokeswoman Amber Conger said.