Posted: Feb 24, 2013 3:30 PM by MTN News
HELENA - Jay Gleason of Bozeman has claimed a $815,486 Wild Card jackpot in the Montana Lottery.
Gleason purchased the winning ticket at Rosauer's Food & Drug in Bozeman for the February 13 drawing.
Gleason, who has a background in math and statistics, noted "I like numbers."
When claiming his prize at Montana Lottery headquarters in Helena, he carried with him more than 10 years worth of Lottery numbers he has tracked.
Gleason says that he writes down the numbers from each drawing and how often each number comes up, and as a 73-year old retiree, he says that he "has plenty of time to analyze the data."
Gleason is a long-time lottery player, and said that won $10,000 in 2004 playing Hot Lotto.
Gleason has no firm plans yet for his winnings but said he will probably pass some of the money along to his kids and grandkids.