HELENA – Dixie Rieger of Miles City claimed the $260,000 Wild Card jackpot from the June 25, 2014 drawing, with a ticket purchased at Albertsons, 519 S Haynes Ave.; Miles City.

This is Dixie's first big Lottery win but stated that she usually plays Montana Cash and Wild Card because the odds are better. Dixie was on the phone with her sister-in-law while checking the newspaper to see if she had any winning numbers. Once Dixie realized she had won the jackpot she started shouting in excitement, so much so that her sister-in-law was concerned something had happened to her.

This win couldn't have come at a better time for Dixie, who works at the hospital in Miles City, as she is currently home on medical leave and could use the money to pay for some medical bills. Dixie plans on doing some fun things with her winnings as well and saving the rest.

When asked if Dixie had any advice for other players she stated that, "you have to buy a ticket to win because it can happen to anyone."

Wild Card is played in Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota and Idaho and has a jackpot starting at $200,000. Wednesday's jackpot is estimated at $205,000.

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


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Here are the statistics for Montana Sports Action Fantasy Racing for the Quaker State 400 race at the Kentucky Speedway on June 28, 2014

Total Prize Pool: $1,343.00

Number of 1st Prize winners:
1 – Jorgensons Restaurant & Lounge, Helena $671.50 (50.00% of prize pool)

Number of 2nd Prize winners:
1 – Halftime Sports Bar & Casino, Great Falls $402.90 (30.00% of prize pool)

Number of 3rd Prize winners:
2 – Sharing $268.60 (20.00% of prize pool)
-Silver Slipper, Missoula $134.30
-Wild Jacks Casino, Lincoln $134.30

1st Prize Point Accumulation: 910.00

2nd Prize Point Accumulation: 890.00

3rd Prize Point Accumulation: 889.00

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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Michele Lawrence of Butte claimed a $25,000 Scratch prize while playing "$250,000 Instant Jackpot" with a ticket purchased at Town Pump, 2305 Continental Dr.; Butte.

Michele, who works at a family glass shop, originally thought the ticket was a $25 winner, until she scratched off the remaining zeros. Michelle enjoys playing both Scratch and Lottery games but this is her first big Lottery win.

Michele does not have any set plans for her winning but she thinks she will probably save the money. Although no advice was offered, she did seem hopeful that other players would "get lucky too."

"$250,000 Instant Jackpot" debuted October 7, 2013 with top prizes up to $250,000.

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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Charles Brumley of Newton, Iowa claimed a $14,000 Scratch top prize while playing "The $14,000 Montana Crossword" with a ticket purchased at Conoco, 2701 6th Avenue; Billings.

Charles, who calls himself "a jack of all trades," bought his winning ticket while doing some freelance work in Billings. He said he originally thought the ticket was a $1,000 winner but when he got back to Iowa he was pleasantly surprised to see it was the top prize. Charles is a regular Scratch player but this is his first big Lottery win.

With his winnings, Charles plans to purchase an RV to travel and live in. He reminds other players that, "you don't win if you don't play."

"The $14,000 Montana Crossword" debuted April 9, 2014 with top prizes up to $14,000.

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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Carmel Wood of Bozeman claimed a $5,000 Scratch top prize while playing "Super Hot 7's" with a ticket purchased at Loaf ‘N Jug, 717 W College Street; Bozeman.

Carmel, an ice cream server at Pickle Barrel in Bozeman, asked herself, "Is this real?," when she scratched the winning ticket. She said she rarely plays lottery games and had to verify the ticket with two friends before making the trip to Helena to claim her prize. This is her first big Lottery win.

With her winnings, Carmel plans to pay some bills and enjoy her summer.

"Super Hot 7's" debuted January 29, 2014 with top prizes up to $5,000.

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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