The annual Montana Millionaire from the Montana Lottery returns November 1, 2023. This year, there will be three $1,000,000 grand prizes, and an additional 100,000 tickets will be sold.
Tickets this year go on sale on Wednesday, November 1, at 5:30 a.m. at most convenience stores, gas stations, and other Montana Lottery retailers.
There will be 380,000 tickets sold this year, at $20 each. Last year, all of the tickets were sold within just 29 hours.
Montana Lottery director Scott Sales said that public feedback was a big factor in determining how to proceed this year: “Montanans sent a clear message: They love Montana Millionaire and want every opportunity to play. An incremental change wouldn’t be enough, so we’ve gone all in with the biggest increase to the number of tickets we’ve ever done, plus another $1 million grand prize.”
There will be two Early Bird prizes this year; one for $25,000 drawn on Friday, November 24; and one for $100,000 drawn on Friday, December 15.
There will be a total of 4,100 “instant win” tickets worth either $100 or $500 each.
The grand prize drawing for the three million-dollar prizes will be on Tuesday, December 26.
The Montana Lottery shared the following advice on Monday, October 30:
Plan ahead. Arrange your schedule so you’ll be available to buy tickets as early as possible – preferably Nov. 1 or 2.
Be kind and patient. This is the single busiest time of the year for lottery ticket sales. Be kind and patient with the employee assisting you as well as other customers.
Don’t buy a ticket you didn’t see print from a lottery machine. It’s a violation of our licensing agreement for retailers to print tickets in advance and simply a bad idea to buy from a reseller.
If your ticket is an instant winner, you’ll know. Your ticket will indicate if you were an instant winner. Your prize will print immediately after your ticket.
Understand how the game works. Anywhere you go will be printing tickets from the same pool. If one store is sold out, every store is sold out.
- 2020: Megan Thorstenson, Butte
- 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
Due to a change in legislation, the Montana Lottery is no longer allowed to release names of Montana Millionaire winners unless they have given consent.