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Montana Lottery
Address: 2525 NORTH MONTANA HELENA, MONTANA 59601-0542
E-mail Address:
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
Gross Sales Fy 2018: $56,603,242
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 CY2021
September 2, 2021 Montana Lottery Commission to Meet Next Week

News Archive for CY2020
September 2, 2021 Montana Lottery Commission to Meet Next Week
July 10, 2020 Montana Lottery Scratch-Off Ticket Sales Have Increased by 9% From Last Year

News Archive for CY2019
November 21, 2019 Montana Lottery Commission Approves Sports Wagering Rules
October 3, 2019 Montana Lottery Sets New Sales Record
May 11, 2019 Montana Lottery Seeking Public Input on Sports Betting
May 5, 2019 State Lottery to Oversee Montana Sports Betting
March 26, 2019 House Bill Would Make the State Lottery Regulator and Sole Operator for Sports Betting
January 7, 2019 Montana Lottery Commission Proposes Amendments and Adoption to Rules

News Archive for CY2018
May 9, 2018 UPDATE: Proposed Rule Change for Montana Lottery
May 4, 2018 Proposed Rule Change for Montana Lottery
March 9, 2018 Montana Wins Kick Up in February

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


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