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Montana Millionaire draws winning $100K 'Early Bird' ticket

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Montana Millionaire draws winning 'Early Bird' $100K ticket
Posted at 12:37 PM, Dec 15, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-15 14:39:08-05

HELENA - The Montana Lottery conducted the second of its two "Early Bird" drawings Friday in the annual Montana Millionaire raffle.

There were two Early Bird prizes this year, one for $25,000 that was drawn on Nov. 24, and one for $100,000 that was drawn Friday.

The winning ticket for the $100,000 prize is #274028. Lottery officials have not yet announced where the winning ticket was sold.

The winning ticket for the $25,000 prize last month was #172886. That ticket was sold at the Albertsons store on Grand Avenue in Billings.

The grand prize drawing for the three separate million-dollar prizes will be on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

The Montana Lottery has provided responses to several frequently asked questions:

Why don’t you limit Montana Millionaire to Montana residents only?
The Montana Lottery is available to everyone of legal age, whether resident or visitor. Limiting the sale of a product to some people while excluding others is discrimination. It would also be contrary to our mission and place an undue burden on our retailers.

Why don’t you limit the number of Montana Millionaire tickets someone can buy?
The mission of the Montana Lottery is to maximize revenue for the State of Montana. Our proceeds fund Montana’s STEM/Healthcare Scholarship Program and contribute to the General Fund. To limit sales of our products would be contrary to our mission and result in less positive impact for the residents of Montana.

Why don’t you offer Montana Millionaire or another raffle game more than once per year?
The Montana Lottery has a large selection of games available every day of the year. We believe Montana Millionaire is special and successful because it’s exclusive. While it is not impossible that we may introduce other raffle games in the future, currently we have made this strategic business decision based on detailed market research and analysis.