Dec 29, 2012 11:37 PM by Daniel Iverson
HELENA - All 130,000 tickets for Montana's exclusive seasonal raffle game are now gone, the Lottery announced Saturday.
Montana Millionaire sales began Nov. 1. The first ticket was sold in Butte at Town Pump, 3700 Harrison Ave., and the last ticket was sold in Great Falls at Noon's, 3200 10th Ave. S. The deadline to buy would have been Dec. 31 if the game hadn't sold out earlier.
This is the sixth year Montana Millionaire has been offered and the first year it has sold out, although it has come close before. Last year, only 4,361 tickets remained by the deadline. In 2007, only 3,821 remained.
The Lottery this year introduced new features such as 500 $500 instant-win prizes and a second Early Bird Drawing for $10,000.
Lottery Director Angela Wong thanked players and retailers for helping the Lottery to achieve a sellout.
"We're thrilled Montanans have enjoyed this year's game so much, and we're thankful for our retailers who have been so instrumental in spreading the word," she said. "Now we're looking forward to making a new millionaire."
The final drawing for the $1 million grand prize, three $100,000 prizes and two $10,000 prizes will be Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. Winning numbers will be available by noon.
The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. In the past 25 years it has paid out over $435 million to players in prizes and returned more than $197 million to the State of Montana.