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How it all started.

Since the Montana Lottery sold its first ticket in 1987, it has paid more than $513 million in prizes and returned more than $229 million to the State of Montana.

Montana Lottery Milestones

2014
June
The Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2014 with sales of $53.1 million and transfers $12.2 million to the General Fund.
May
A ticket in Helena wins a $650,006 Wild Card Jackpot ticket.
Let's Make a Deal™, the first Licensed Property EZPLAY® game, goes on sale.
Montana's own game, Montana Cash goes through its first upgrade since it debuted over 20 years ago. The game now offers better overall odds, a new prize level for matching two numbers and a doubled starting jackpot of $40,000.
February
The Lottery launches "Scratchapalooza", its first ever Social Media contest.
January
Powerball goes back to its roots by bringing back the multiplier options. Non-jackpot prizes can again be multiplied by two, three, four and five for increased prize payouts.
2013
December
Montana Millionaire sells out for the second year in a row.
October
The first scratch and sniff Scratch ticket goes on sale. Peppermint Doubler is a holiday Scratch ticket that smells like peppermint.
September
A ticket in Havre wins a $2 million Powerball prize.
August
The Powerball Jackpot climbs to $425 million and has moved up to the third hightest Powerball jackpot in U.S. lottery history.
July
The Montana Lottery debuts its mobile application, ePlayslip. Players can now pick their numbers online through the Player's Club or through their mobile device using the app. This option is available for all Montana Lottery lotto games.
June
The Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2013 with new record sales of $56.8 million, which exceeded the $52.6 million record sales figure set in 2012.
May
Hot Lotto gets even hotter! The game undergoes changes and is now the only draw game that pays the jackpot withholding taxes so you win what you win! Tax withholdings on jackpot wins will be paid by the Montana Lottery.

Powerball sees a record jackpot of $590.5 million and the winning ticket is sold in Florida.
January
Wild Card gets wilder and is updated to offer a doubled starting jackpot from $100,000 to $200,000 and other higher prizes are now available. Two plays are still only $1.
2012
December
Montana Millionaire sells out all 130,000 tickets ahead of the December 31 deadline for the first time since its debut in 2007.
June
The Lottery celebrates its 25th anniversary and ends Fiscal Year 2012 with record sales of $52.6 million.
January
POWERBALL is updated to offer more $1 million prizes, bigger starting jackpots, and better overall odds.
2011
November
EZPLAY® instant terminal-issued games are introduced at MONTANA SPORTS ACTION retailers installed with self-service MP terminals.
May
The Lottery Celebrates 20 years of MONTANA CASH.
2010
October
A new Player's Club launches at montanalottery.com with Bonus Play, a program in which Player's Club members submit webcodes printed on select Lottery tickets to be entered into weekly and monthly drawings for cash and tickets.
April
Sales begin for Montana's first $20 Scratch game, QUARTER MILLION CASH. The top prize is $250,000.
March
MEGA MILLIONS goes on sale in Montana. Combined with POWERBALL, it offers Montana Lottery players two big jackpot games.
February
The Lottery introduces 10 SPOT, a twice-daily terminal-issued game exclusive to Montana with mid-day and evening drawings. The top prize is $25,000.
2008
September
Montana's first-ever online Second Chance drawing is conducted via montanalottery.com. The drawing is for a Harley-Davidson® 105th Anniversary Fat Boy.
August
MONTANA SPORTS ACTION, a line of fantasy sports games offered on behalf of the Board of Horse Racing, debuts at bar and casino retailer locations. The first game to be offered is FANTASY FOOTBALL.
April
Sales begin for HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 105TH ANNIVERSARY Scratch tickets, offering the first merchandise prize since 1998.
2007
October
The first MONTANA MILLIONAIRE goes on sale, offering Montanans their best odds (1:150,000) of winning $1 million with a limited-ticket, raffle-style game.
2006
July
FAMILY OF GAMES is introduced at the MontanaFair in Billings. It includes $1, $2, $5, and $10 Scratch games with similar play styles and graphics. The $10 ticket is the Lottery's first.
2005
August
The POWERBALL matrix changes to create faster-growing, larger jackpots. The starting jackpot increases from $10 millon to $15 million, and the second and third level prizes are doubled. Winners may choose between a lump-sum jackpot, which is approximately half the advertised jackpot or a 30-year annuity.
2004
January
The Lottery debuts QWIK TIX, a new line of instant terminal-issued games. Four games are available: Lucky Numbers, Hot-Tac-Toe, Jacks or Better, and Montana Match.
2002
November
Sales begin for SLINGO Scratch games at the $3 price point.
April
Montana begins HOT LOTTO sales in conjunction with seven other lotteries. The game replaces ROLLDOWN.
2001
November
The first $5 Scratch ticket, EASY STREET, goes on sale with prizes up to $50,000.
March
POWERBALL is updated with a new optional feature. For an additional $1 per play, POWER PLAY increases non-jackpot prizes won by 2-5 times.
2000
September
Ten lotteries, including Montana, introduce ROLLDOWN. The game's unique feature is a jackpot which "rolls down" and is distributed to winners of the other prize levels whenever it doesn't get hit.

CASH 4 LIFE ends.
January
MONEY MAZE, the first $3 Scratch game, debuts.
1999
December
The Lottery goes online by launching montanalottery.com, offering a new way for players to get winning numbers and other Lottery information.
May
WILD CARD becomes WILD CARD 2 and is offered with South Dakota and Idaho. The updated game offers better odds, two plays for $1, and the freedom for players to choose a Wild Card instead of requiring the terminal to choose for them.
1998
March
Sales begin for CASH 4 LIFE, a daily game offering a $1,000 per week for life prize with a guaranteed 10-year payout. DAILY MILLIONS ends.
February
WILD CARD, a 6/38 lotto game in which the terminal "deals" a "wild card" for every play, replaces TRI-WEST LOTTO. Idaho, South Dakota, and Nebraska also offer the game.
1997
November
POWERBALL undergoes significant changes. The starting jackpot increases to $10 million, and players may choose a lump-sum jackpot which is approximately half the advertised jackpot, or a 25-year annuity.
July
By legislative action, up to $100,000 over Fiscal Years 1998 and 1999 is transferred to fund a study on socioeconomic impacts of gambling.
May
DAILY MILLIONS goes on sale. The daily lotto game features a chance to win $1 million every day.
February
A new instant ticket validation and accounting system now allows Scratch players to cash winning tickets at any Montana Lottery retailer. Nine new Scratch games are introduced in conjunction with it.
1995
March
The Lottery's Scratch line expands to offer a BINGO ticket, the first $2 extended-play game.
February
TRI-WEST LOTTO is updated to be a 6/33 lotto game with better overall odds (1:17), a cash-only jackpot, and set payouts for low-tier prizes.
1994
July
By legislative action, Lottery profits are now directed to the state's General Fund.
February
TRI-WEST LOTTO, a 6/41 game offered with Idaho and South Dakota, is introduced.
1993
March
The Lottery begins a multi-game strategy for Scratch, releasing a new game every six weeks.
1992
July
By legislative action, a larger portion-9.1%-of Lottery's profits are now transferred to the Board of Crime Control to help fund juvenile detention centers.
April
POWERBALL debuts. The multi-state game replaces LOTTO*AMERICA and offers nine ways to win, better overall odds, and bigger starting jackpots.
A second weekly drawing is added to MONTANA CASH.
1991
July
By legislative action, 1.6% of Lottery profits are now transferred to the Board of Crime Control to fund administrative costs associated with juvenile detention centers.
May
Sales begin for Montana's own 5/37 lotto game, MONTANA CASH . The first weekly drawing is televised live, hosted by Marsha Rae and featuring a special appearance by Katherine Summers, Montana's first LOTTO*AMERICA jackpot winner.
1990
September
The last BIG WIN event occurs in Billings.
July
By legislative action, Lottery profits are now transferred to the Office of Public Instruction school equalization account.
April
The first BIG WIN event occurs in Missoula. Ten finalists share $205,000 in prizes.
1989
December
BIG SPIN ends. To date, 460 finalists shared $7,730,000 of winnings.
November
LOTTO*AMERICA, a 6/54 lotto game with two drawings per week, goes on sale in Montana.
August
The first Scratch game with a merchandise top prize, PICKUP PLENTY , is introduced. The top prize is a 4X4 pickup truck.
April
Governor Stan Stephens signs legislation which
  1. • allows retailers/Lottery sales staff to earn bonuses for sales increase
  2. • authorizes the Lottery to offer multi-state games
  3. • increases the amount in prizes which may be paid
  4. • no longer restricts operating expenses to a percent of revenue
1988
June
BIG SPIN debuts with a 30-minute TV special. Seven finalists share $26,000 in prizes.
1987
June
Operations begin with 1,047 retailers and a $1 Scratch game, POT OF GOLD.
1986
November
Legislative Referendum 100, the Montana State Lottery Act, passes by 69% of the popular vote, carrying each of the 56 counties. Montana becomes the 23rd state lottery in the nation. Lottery profits are to be distributed as equalization aid, thereby maintaining or reducing property taxes required for public instruction retirement funds.