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Montana Millionaire tickets sold out setting new record

Posted at 9:45 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 11:45:54-05

HELENA — All of the tickets for the 2020 drawing of Montana Millionaire have sold out, once again selling out in record time.

Tickets sold out before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, nine days earlier than 2019 and four days before the first early bird drawing.

“Sales for Montana Millionaire have been more and more brisk every single year,” said Montana Lottery communications manager Jennifer McKee last week aboth the ticket sales.

“I think some of it is the excitement that Montanans feel for the game, people know this game now. If you don’t get a ticket before they’re gone, you won’t get one and be in it to win it.”

Touted by Montana Lottery as the best chance to win $1 million. Only 180,000 tickets are sold with ticket sales beginning on Nov. 1. Last year the Montana Lottery added 30,000 tickets to the pool to increase the number of prizes available.

Unlike a lottery game, Montana Millionaire is a raffle meaning all of the prize money will be paid out. There are four $10,000 prizes, three $100,000 prizes, one $250,000 prize and $1 million prize. Two early bird drawings will also be held; one on Nov. 27 for $25,000 and one of Dec 11 for $15,000.

The Montana Lottery has yet to set an official date for the grand prize drawing, but it is usually held sometime between December 25 and January 1.

Last year's big winner was Casey Petero of Columbia Falls; click here for details. Here is a list of the big winners each year:

2019: Casey Petero, Columbia Falls

2018: Richard Mai, Billings

2017: Amy Lambert, Butte

2016: Daniel Thompson, Great Falls

2015: Jack Barisich, Winnett

2014: Jeffrey Fallang, East Helena

2013: Russell Miller, Columbia Falls

2012: Sam Polesky, Laurel

2011: Vern & Mara Wallace, Billings

2010: William Morse, Billings

2009: Dana Delguerra, Great Falls

2008: Mike & Carole McGivern, Butte

2007: Gary & BJ Klipstein, Billings

More information about the game can be found on the Montana Lottery website.