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Quick Facts

Last Updated: January 7, 2015

The Beginning

The Montana Lottery was created by legislative referendum on November 4, 1986 by a vote of the people of Montana, passed by over 69% of the popular vote and becoming the 23rd US Lottery.

The Montana Lottery began with 1,047 retailers and only one Scratch ticket. Our first Scratch ticket, Pot of Gold, was sold on June 24, 1987. We've been making winners ever since!

Where Does the Money Go?

Since the Montana Lottery sold its first ticket in 1987, it has transferred more than $217 million to the State of Montana. Since 1995, following legislative action, Lottery proceeds have gone to the State's General Fund. The General Fund provides money for state programs which do not have dedicated revenue sources, such as education, health, and public safety, to name a few.

In June of 2014, the Montana Lottery celebrated its 27th anniversary; paying more than $483 million in prizes and accumulating around $217 million for the State of Montana.


Last year Montana Millionaire sold 135,000 tickets, completely selling out for the third year in a row.

The Lottery operates from Helena, with seven sales representatives around the state. It is supported by a network of more than 875 retailers. Retailers receive a 5% commission for lotto and Scratch ticket sales, with the opportunity for additional commission for Scratch sales above base.

$32.1 million was given away in prizes during 2014, 56.5% of total revenue.

From 1987 through the 2013 fiscal year, the lottery has paid more than $483 million in prizes.

Montana's biggest winners to date are Kim Claassen and Joseph Lamport, Jr., of Helena. The co-workers and friends shared a $48.5 million Powerball jackpot from June 23, 2010. View as PDF