Montana Lottery Numbers
The Big Sky Country serves up some big lottery games. Get all the latest Montana Lottery numbers right here on this page.
Current lottery games include: Powerball - Mega Millions - Lucky for Life - Montana Cash - Big Sky Bonus.
March 22nd 2017
March 24th 2017
History of the Montana Lottery
The Montana Lottery was established in November 1986 via Legislative Referendum 100, which authorized the creation of a lottery in the state. The motion passed with 69 percent of the popular vote. The fun kicked off in June 1987 when over 1,000 retailers started selling a $1 Scratch game called Pot of Gold. Profits were originally allocated for reducing property tax burdens.
In November 1989, the Montana Lottery joined Lotto*America, which was replaced by Powerball in 1992. Montana Cash tickets went on sale for the first time in May 1991. In 1994, lottery profits began to be directed to the state's General Fund, where they are still deposited today.
The Montana Lottery began selling Mega Millions tickets in 2010. Since the first Pot of Gold game went on sale in 1987, the Montana Lottery has raised more than $217 million for the state. Everyone wins when you play lottery games in Montana!
Buying Montana Lottery Tickets
Playing Montana Lottery Games
Montana Cash is a fast and easy draw game that offers a starting jackpot of $40,000, which rolls over and increases in value when it isn't won. Drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday nights and tickets cost $1 for two plays. You can't buy one ticket for 50 cents - the minimum required purchase is $1 but that does mean double the chances to win! Players pick five numbers from 1 to 45 or have them randomly generated via a Quick Pick, and if they match all five main numbers drawn, then they win the jackpot! Check out this useful table:
|Match 5 of 5||Jackpot||1 in 610,880|
|Match 4 of 5||$200||1 in 3,054||Match 3 of 5||$5||1 in 78||Match 2 of 5||$1||1 in 6|
|Overall odds of winning any Montana Cash prize are 1 in 5.7|
Want a shot at $1 million? Make sure you get in on the action for Montana Millionaire, a yearly raffle that offers a cool $1 million top prize. The special drawing takes place on January 1st, but the game has proven so popular that Early Bird drawings for smaller prizes are being held in November and December just to keep the excitement going. Tickets currently cost $20 and can be purchased from any authorized Montana Lottery retailer.
Other Montana Lottery games include EZ Play terminal games, Fantasy Football and Fantasy Racing.
Who doesn't love the idea of winning a lottery prize straight away? With Montana Lottery Scratch games, you could win huge amounts of cash in just a few seconds. Prices range from $1 per game to $20 and can offer prizes of up to $250,000. You can purchase Scratch games from any authorized Montana Lottery retailer, so why not try one today?
Claiming Montana Lottery Prizes
All Montana Lottery prizes can be claimed by mail, but prizes worth $599 or less can be redeemed at any Montana Lottery retailer. Prizes worth $600 or more will need to be claimed by mail or at the Montana Lottery headquarters in Helena.
Any prize worth $5,000 or more will be subject to a federal withholding tax of 25 percent as well as a state tax of 6.9 percent.
Prizes from draw games are valid for six months from the date of the drawing, and all Scratch prizes expire six months after the announced end of the game. After these deadlines have passed, unclaimed prizes are allocated to the Montana General Fund.
The Fine Print
You must be at least 18 years old to play Montana Lottery games.
Always remember that you have to be in it to win it - you can't win a prize for any lottery game that you didn't play in the first place! Anyone who contacts you with details about winning a big Montana Lottery prize may be trying to set you up as the prime target for a scam. Visit the scams page to learn more about playing it safe and avoiding fraudsters.