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Montana Lottery
Address: 2525 NORTH MONTANA HELENA, MONTANA 59601-0542
Internet: www.montanalottery.com
E-mail Address: montanalottery@mail.com
Phone: (406) 444-5825
Fax: (406) 444-5830
Population: .974,989
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division.
Lottery Director: Angela Wong
Year Lottery Founded: 1986
Sales FY 2001:
Sales FY 2002:
Sales FY 2003:
Sales Fy 2004:
Sales Fy 2005:
Sales Fy 2006:
Sales Fy 2007:
Sales Fy 2008:
Sales Fy 2009:
Sales Fy 2010:
Sales Fy 2011:
Sales Fy 2012:
$30.3 million
$33.6 million
$34.7 million
$36.7 million
$33.8 million
$39.91 million
$41.56 million
$43.80
$43.90
$46.90
$46.00
$52.60
Sales Per Capita: $44
Number of Employees: 32
Retailers: 585
On-line Vendor: INTRALOT
2006 - 2016
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
2008 2013
ITVMs: Scientific Games
Advertising: HMH Agency
2008 - 2013
Games Offered: Instant Games, Montana Cash, Wild Card, PowerBall and Hot Lotto.Scratch, Qwik Tix and Montana Sports Action
Beneficiaries: General Fund
Jurisdiction: State of Montana


Background Information

The Montana Lottery was created in November 1986 with the approval of 69 percent of voters. Ticket sales began with the instant game Pot of Gold on June 24, 1987, six days earlier than the mandated start date of July 1, with a small staff of just 35 at launch.
Like many smaller lotteries, Montana has taken advantage of several multistate games over the years after legislation authorized such participation in April 1989. The first was Lotto*America, which became the Lottery’s only draw game when added in November 1989. It was an immediate success, with sales more than double the projections. Montana then added its own draw game, Montana Cash, in May 1991.
That 1989 legislation also allowed the lottery to pay more in prizes and to offer sales performance bonuses to retailers and sales staff members.
Montana is the only lottery to offer sports fantasy games with the debut of Montana Sports Action in 2008. The pari-mutuel games were created in collaboration with the Montana Board of Horse Racing. Players create fantasy football or auto racing teams for a chance to win big based on the results of the events.
In addition to Sports Action, the Montana Lottery’s current lineup of draw games includes Powerball, Mega Millions, Montana Cash, Wild Card 2, Hot Lotto Sizzler and 10 Spot. EZ Play instant games are also available through retail terminals.
Originally, Montana Lottery proceeds were allocated to the Teachers Retirement Fund for the purpose of holding the line on or reducing property taxes. In 1990, the legislature changed the beneficiary to the Office of Public Instruction School Equalization Account.
A year later, the Board of Crime Control was given a small share to help fund juvenile detention centers. In 1995, legislative action sent all Lottery revenues to the state’s General Fund, where they remain today.
The General Fund provides money for state programs which do not have dedicated revenue sources, such as education, health and public safety.


News Archive for CY2017
June 23, 2017 Montana Lottery Celebrates 30 Years of Business -- and Winners
February 23, 2016 Montana Lottery Turns 30, Celebrates in Style


News Archive for CY2016
March 18, 2016 Montana Lottery Game 10 Spot Will End April 2
February 24, 2016 Montana Lottery Game Wild Card Will End February 24
January 14, 2016 Record Powerball Jackpot Brings Record Sales to Montana


News Archive for CY2015
November 9, 2015 Annual Montana Millionaire Lottery Game Returns
August 20, 2015 Sales of Lottery Instant Games in Montana Up More than 44 Percent in Last Six Years
July 29, 2015 Montana Lottery joins Department of Revenue eStop Licensing Program

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