HELENA – The Montana Lottery handed out $70,000 in the final days of 2016.

On Tuesday last week, Scott Hall of Bozeman claimed $30,000 off of a Slingo Cha-Ching! Scratch ticket. The winning ticket was purchased at Albertsons on S. 23rd Street in Bozeman.

Hall, a retired Navy veteran, bought the $30,000 winning ticket using $9 he won on the first ticket he purchased. Hall can’t wait to pay it forward. He plans to donate some of his prize money to a local Human Resources Development Council and the shelter for battered women. In addition, he is looking forward to (frugally) spending the money leftover on a new-but-used cell phone, a new-to-him mattress and bills.

Anna Dion, of Great Falls, claimed a $30,000 prize off of a Big Sky Bonus Scratch ticket. The winning ticket was sold at Keith’s Country Store on 10th Avenue South in Great Falls.

Dion, a manager at Keith’s Country Store, said she had to wake her husband up with a happy dance and hollering when she realized she had a big winner. She and her husband are looking forward to using their prize money towards long-awaited dental work and a possible trip to Las Vegas.

The second winner on Friday was James Wahner who came to claim his $10,000 prize from his Montana Millionaire ticket. The winning ticket was sold at Town Pump of Laurel on S. 1st. Street in Laurel.

Wahner and his wife Terri are farmers from Parshall, North Dakota and were in Montana to visit relatives before the holidays. Wahner’s daughter encouraged them to pick up a Montana Millionaire ticket – and they are glad they did! The Wahner’s came back to celebrate Christmas with their family in Montana and when they found out they won, they extended their trip a couple days so they could collect their winnings in Helena.
“We can actually buy the good macaroni and cheese now instead of the generic kind!” Wahner said. They also plan on investing a good amount back into their farm.

The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid over $497 million in prizes and returned approximately $224 million to the State of Montana.

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Here are the Montana Sports Action Fantasy Football results for the ‎week ending Jan. 1, 2017.

Total Prize Pool‎: $5,561.00

1st Prize winner:
VFW Club Post #276, Whitefish, $2,780.50 (50‎.‎00‎% ‎of prize ‎pool‎)

2nd Prize winner:
VFW Club Post #276, Whitefish, $1,668.30 (30.00% of prize pool)

3rd Prize winner:
Sharing $1,112.20 (20.00% of prize pool)
VFW Club Post #276, Whitefish, $556.10 (1 Share‎)
VFW Club Post #276, Whitefish, $556.10 (1 Share‎)

1‎st Prize Point Accumulation‎: ‎131.94
2‎nd Prize Point Accumulation‎: 130.90
3‎rd Prize Point Accumulation‎: 128.94

Montana Sports Action is a Fantasy Sports wagering game facilitated by the Montana Lottery on behalf of the Montana Board of Horse Racing.

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Here are the Montana Sports Action Fantasy Football results for the ‎week ending Dec. 26, 2016.

Total Prize Pool‎: $6,759.70

1st Prize winner:
Chance’s R Casino, Butte, $3,379.90 (50‎.‎00‎% ‎of prize ‎pool‎)

2nd Prize winner:
Lucky Bullet, Malta, $2,027.90 (30.00% of prize pool)

3rd Prize winner:
Lucky Lil’s Casino of Bozeman, Bozeman, $1,351.90 (‎20‎.‎00‎% ‎of prize ‎pool‎)

1‎st Prize Point Accumulation‎: ‎139.08
2‎nd Prize Point Accumulation‎: 133.28
3‎rd Prize Point Accumulation‎: 130.08

Montana Sports Action is a Fantasy Sports wagering game facilitated by the Montana Lottery on behalf of the Montana Board of Horse Racing.

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Here are the Montana Sports Action Fantasy Football results for the ‎week ending Dec. 19, 2016.

Total Prize Pool‎: $6,500.70

1st Prize winner:
Dotty’s Casino, Billings, $3,250.40 (50‎.‎00‎% ‎of prize ‎pool‎)

2nd Prize winner:
Dotty’s Casino, Billings, $1,950.20 (30.00% of prize pool)

3rd Prize winner:
The Second Shift, Billings, $1,300.10 (‎20‎.‎00‎% ‎of prize ‎pool‎)

1‎st Prize Point Accumulation‎: ‎129.66
2‎nd Prize Point Accumulation‎: 121.66‎
3‎rd Prize Point Accumulation‎: 115.96

Montana Sports Action is a Fantasy Sports wagering game facilitated by the Montana Lottery on behalf of the Montana Board of Horse Racing.

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Date: December 8, 2016
Contact: Denise Blankenship 444-5801
DBlankenship@mt.gov
For Immediate Release



MONTANA LOTTERY COMMISSION TO MEET

The Montana Lottery Commission will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at Lottery Headquarters located at 2525 North Montana Avenue in Helena. The meeting is open to the public. A complete agenda is available on the Lottery’s website, montanalottery.com.

The Lottery Commission consists of five members appointed to four-year staggered terms by the Governor. Current Commissioners are: Tom Keegan, Helena; Leo Prigge, Butte; Frank DiFonzo, Sidney; Cindy Hiner, Deer Lodge; and Commission Chair, Wilbur Rehmann of Helena.

Lottery Commissioners are responsible for determining policies for the operation of the Lottery and considering recommendations of Lottery staff in the types and forms of games offered, as well as percentages of prizes paid and price of each ticket or chance sold.

The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid over $526 million in prizes and returned approximately $236 million to the State of Montana.

The State of Montana makes reasonable accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with a person's ability to participate in State Government. Persons needing an accommodation should notify Denise Blankenship, no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016, to allow adequate time to make necessary arrangements. Please call (406) 444-5801 or TTY 444-9642 to make your request known.


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