HELENA — All tickets for the 2020 drawing of Montana Millionaire have been sold, once again selling out in record time.
Tickets sold out before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23 - nine days earlier than 2019 and four days before the first early bird drawing.
“Sales for Montana Millionaire have been more and more brisk every single year,” said Montana Lottery communications manager Jennifer McKee last week on ticket sales. “I think some of it is the excitement that Montanans feel for the game, people know this game now. If you don’t get a ticket before they’re gone, you won’t get one and be in it to win it.”
Touted by Montana Lottery as the best chance to win $1 million, only 180,000 tickets were sold, with ticket sales beginning on November 1. Last year the Montana Lottery added 30,000 tickets to the pool to increase the number of prizes available.
Montana Millionaire sold LIKE HOTCAKES this year -- if hotcakes sold out in record time! Thanks to everyone who played! We'll be announcing the date of our final MILLION DOLLAR DRAWING soon! pic.twitter.com/zyyrEffsRq— Montana Lottery (@montanalottery) November 23, 2020
Unlike a lottery game, Montana Millionaire is a raffle, meaning all of the prize money will be paid out. There are four $10,000 prizes, three $100,000 prizes, one $250,000 prize, and one $1 million prize. Two early bird drawings will also be held; one on November 27 for $25,000, and one on December 11 for $15,000.
The Montana Lottery has not yet set an official date for the grand prize drawing, but it is usually held sometime between December 25 and January 1.
Last year's big winner was Casey Petero of Columbia Falls; click here for details. Here is a list of the big winners each year:
- 2019: Casey Petero, Columbia Falls
- 2018: Richard Mai, Billings
- 2017: Amy Lambert, Butte
- 2016: Daniel Thompson, Great Falls
- 2015: Jack Barisich, Winnett
- 2014: Jeffrey Fallang, East Helena
- 2013: Russell Miller, Columbia Falls
- 2012: Sam Polesky, Laurel
- 2011: Vern & Mara Wallace, Billings
- 2010: William Morse, Billings
- 2009: Dana Delguerra, Great Falls
- 2008: Mike & Carole McGivern, Butte
- 2007: Gary & BJ Klipstein, Billings
More information about the game can be found on the Montana Lottery website.