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Announcing the winning tickets for Montana Millionaire

Announcing the winning tickets for Montana Millionaire

GREAT FALLS – On Tuesday, December 26, 2023, the Montana Lottery announced the three grand prize winning tickets in its annual Montana Millionaire drawing.

The three tickets, each worth $1 million, are:

The Montana Lottery has not yet announced where the winning tickets will be sold; We will update this article when we get the information.

The three tickets were drawn from 380,000 eligible tickets purchased on November 1 at $20 each.

In addition to the three big prizes, the Montana Millionaire program has also produced winners with smaller amounts. There were a total of 4,100 “instant win” tickets worth $100 or $500 each.

There were also two “Early Bird” drawings. The first ticket was worth $25,000 and was announced on November 24. The ticket was numbered 172,886, and was sold at the Albertsons store on Grand Avenue in Billings.

The second ticket was worth $100,000 and was announced on December 15. The ticket was number 274028, and was sold at the Albertsons store on Third Street NW in Great Falls.

Previous Million Dollar winners are three from Butte, two from Great Falls, four from Billings, two from Columbia Falls, and one each from Winnett, East Helena and Laurel.

The Montana Lottery has provided answers to several frequently asked questions:

Why not limit Montana Millionaire to Montana residents only?
The Montana Lottery is open to everyone of legal age, whether resident or visitor. Limiting the sale of a product to some people to the exclusion of others is discrimination. It also conflicts with our mission and places an undue burden on our retailers.

Why not limit the number of Montana Millionaire tickets a person can purchase?
The Montana Lottery's mission is to maximize revenues for the state of Montana. Our proceeds fund Montana's STEM/Healthcare Grant Program and contribute to the General Fund. Limiting sales of our products would be contrary to our mission and would result in a less positive impact on Montanans.

Why don't you offer Montana Millionaire or any other drawing game more than once a year?
The Montana Lottery has a wide range of games available every day of the year. We believe Montana Millionaire is special and successful because it is exclusive. Although it is not impossible that we will offer other withdrawal games in the future, we have currently made this strategic business decision based on detailed market research and analysis.


(November 1, 2023) Montana Millionaire tickets went on sale at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, and all 380,000 tickets were sold out by 10:30 a.m., just five hours later. This means selling about 76,000 tickets per hour, or 1,267 tickets per minute. Last year, there were 280,000 tickets, and they sold out within 29 hours.

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For 2023, there are three $1 million grand prizes. There will be two early flight prizes this year; one for $25,000 was withdrawn on Friday, November 24; And one for $100,000 was drawn on Friday, December 15.

There will be a total of 4,100 “Instant Win” tickets worth $100 or $500 each. The grand prize draw for prizes worth $3 million will take place on Tuesday, December 26th.

Montana Millionaire tickets sold out within 5 hours

Scott Sells, director of the Montana Lottery, said public feedback was a big factor in determining how to proceed this year: “Montana residents sent a clear message: They love Montana Millionaire and want every opportunity to play. Incremental change will not be enough, so we made the largest increase in the number of tickets we've ever won, plus another $1 million grand prize.

Last few years Two tickets for the grand prize They were sold in Great Falls and Butte. Previous winners of Montana millionaire Grand prize:

  • 2020: Megan Thorstenson, Butte
  • 2019: Casey Pietro, Columbia Falls
  • 2018: Richard May, Billings
  • 2017: Amy Lambert, Butt
  • 2016: Daniel Thompson, Great Falls
  • 2015: Jack Barisic, Winette
  • 2014: Jeffrey Fallang, East Helena
  • 2013: Russell Miller, Columbia Falls
  • 2012: Sam Polsky, Laurel
  • 2011: Vern and Mara Wallace, Billings
  • 2010: William Morse, Billings
  • 2009: Dana Delgera, Great Falls
  • 2008: Mike and Carol McGivern, Butte
  • 2007: Gary and BJ Klipstein, Billings

Due to a change in legislation, the Montana Lottery is no longer permitted to release the names of Montana Millionaire winners unless they give their consent.

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