Darlene Smith of Helena is the fourth person to win $5,000 from The Montana Lottery's newest game, Lucky for Life™ since it went on sale January 27, 2015. Darlene purchased her ticket for the March 26 drawing at Albertsons, 3151 N. Montana Ave.; Helena and she wasted no time coming to claim her prize.

Darlene called Lottery headquarters this morning to listen to the recording of the winning numbers and found out she had matched four numbers and the Lucky Ball. Unsure of how much that combination of numbers was worth, she stopped by Lottery headquarters to check her ticket. When she found out her ticket was worth $5,000 she was in total shock.

Darlene is a retired VA employee and her husband is retired military. Darlene stated "she doesn't play Lottery often but on a whim decided to buy some Lucky for Life tickets." However, the couple is not new to winning it big. Darlene's husband won $250,000 playing a Lotto game several years ago.

Darlene stated that "she is planning on tucking away her winnings until she can think of something fun she would like to buy or a fun trip she would like to take."

Lucky for Life is the newest draw game product introduced by the Montana Lottery since Mega Millions was introduced in 2010. Lucky for Life boasts a top prize of $1,000 a day for life, payable as an annuity or lump sum and a secondary prize of $25,000 a year for life, payable as an annuity or lump sum.

The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid over $483 million in prizes and returned approximately $217 million to the State of Montana.

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We had the pleasure of meeting another one of our Lucky for Life winners today. Mary Golt of Great Falls claimed her $5,000 win with a ticket purchased at Albertsons, 2250 10th Ave S.; Great Falls. Mary is a retired Lottery retailer and was very happy about her win. There is still one more $5,000 Lucky for Life winner out there from the March 16 drawing. Check your tickets!
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If you don't, you are really missing out! EZPLAY® is the third best selling product line in the total portfolio at the Montana Lottery. With eleven games currently on sale and a frequently changing lineup, selling EZPLAY® is a great way to attract and keep new customers.

"Shake a Day" is our most popular EZPLAY® game. It is a $3 progressive game and players win by "rolling" a Full House, 4 Of a Kind, or 5 Of a Kind. Shake a Day boasts a starting jackpot of $1,000 and the jackpot grows until it is won. Shake a Day has a payout percentages around 80%, an average jackpot topping $2,700, and around two jackpot winners a week. Those kind of odds will make even your most hard to please customers happy. To date, the line of EZPLAY® games has paid out $9,484,173 in winnings.

So what are you waiting for? Start earning 5% on every EZPLAY® dollar sold in your location today. Call your local Montana Lottery sales representative today and ask about getting an MP!

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Cosmic Slingo
Overall Odds: 1:3.55
Top Prize: $25,000

Gold Mine
Overall Odds: 1:3.42
Top Prize: $75,000

$300,000 Jackpot
Overall Odds:1:2.88
Top Prize: $300,000

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Here are the statistics for Montana Sports Action Fantasy Racing for the Auto Club 400 at the Auto Club Speedway on March 22, 2015.

Total Prize Pool: $1,883.00

Number of 1st Prize winners:
1 – Wolf Den, Three Forks $941.60 (50.00% of prize pool)

Number of 2nd Prize winners:
2 - Sharing $564.80 (30.00% of prize pool)
- Hooters of Missoula, Missoula $282.40
- Chinook Eagles Club 689, Chinook $282.40

Number of 3rd Prize winners:
2 – Sharing $376.60 (20.00% of prize pool)
- Silver Slipper, Missoula $188.30
- Club Royale Casino, Miles City $188.30

1st Prize Point Accumulation: 839.00

2nd Prize Point Accumulation: 837.00

3rd Prize Point Accumulation: 827.00

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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