Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
You last visited December 10, 2016, 11:02 pm
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

Montana Lottery celebrates 25th anniversary

Montana LotteryMontana Lottery: Montana Lottery celebrates 25th anniversary

Kimberly Pierce of Helena stopped into the Montana Lottery's 25th anniversary celebration Monday because, among other reasons, it was her birthday.

"Maybe I thought I'd have a little added bonus, luckwise," she said.

The lottery served cake and punch and gave away lottery tickets during the promotional event. A mobile lottery unit, slated for stops around the state this week, offered special deals on tickets.

Pierce favors some of the more involved games — like Crossword Club and Slingo, a variation on bingo.

"I like the ones that take time," Pierce said. "And you think a little bit."

She'd already won a couple of prizes that the lottery was giving out as part of the celebration — a T-shirt, and a pair of what were either water bottles or flasks.

The lottery has changed a lot in 25 years when it began after voters overwhelmingly approved it with 60 percent in support.

At the time, the funds earned by the lottery were intended to displace some of the property tax money that supported the Teachers' Retirement System. Since 1995, the lottery's contributions have been to the state's general fund.

It started in June 1987 with a scratch game, Pot of Gold.  Lotto*America, the predecessor of the multi-state Powerball, began in 1989.

Now, it has scores of games with various themes.

In 25 years, the lottery has paid out more than $428 million to players in prizes and paid more than $193 million to the state.

Lottery Director Angela Wong said this year is seeing growth, which she attributed in part to the popularity of Montana-themed games such as Montana Cash, a Lotto-type game with twice-weekly drawings. Montana Millionaire, a raffle-style game with a drawing New Year's Day and a limited number of tickets available, nearly sold out last year.

Some 800 retailers sell lottery tickets around the state, earning a 5 percent commission on each.

At the event Monday, some people made repeat trips to the ticket-dispensing vehicle to try different games. Some had small children helping them with the scratching.

One man scratching, who would not give his name, said that as a kid, he won a radio station's promotional giveaway of camping equipment — twice in two years.

Now he's helping the economy, he said, pointing at some of the lottery workers. He said he's only won $100 in the lottery, once long ago, and encourages people to play once in a while, just for "kicks and giggles."

"I don't go into the casinos and gamble, so this is kind of my gaming," he said. "If I win big, I'll let you put my name in the paper."

Helena Independent Record

We'd love to see your comments here!  Register for a FREE membership — it takes just a few moments — and you'll be able to post comments here and on any of our forums. If you're already a member, you can Log In to post a comment.

6 comments. Last comment 4 years ago by sully16.
Page 1 of 1
dallascowboyfan's avatar - tiana the-princess-and-the-frog.jpg
Oklahoma
United States
Member #82391
November 12, 2009
6290 Posts
Offline
Posted: June 26, 2012, 8:25 am - IP Logged

Congrats Montana on 25 years.........Thumbs Up

I Love Pink & Green 1908

    maximumfun's avatar - Lottery-030.jpg
    Lavender Rocket

    United States
    Member #124616
    March 16, 2012
    2642 Posts
    Offline
    Posted: June 26, 2012, 9:59 am - IP Logged

    Montana 25 years... Mass 40 years... the lottery has been around a long time!

      rdgrnr's avatar - walt
      Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
      United States
      Member #73904
      April 28, 2009
      14903 Posts
      Offline
      Posted: June 26, 2012, 5:45 pm - IP Logged

      Time keeps on slippin' slippin' slippin' into the future.


                                                   
                           
                                               

       

       

       

       

                                                                                                         

      "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                  --Edmund Burke

       

       

        maximumfun's avatar - Lottery-030.jpg
        Lavender Rocket

        United States
        Member #124616
        March 16, 2012
        2642 Posts
        Offline
        Posted: June 26, 2012, 7:24 pm - IP Logged

        Time keeps on slippin' slippin' slippin' into the future.

        and now that song is stuck in my head.  lolol - i gotta go and pull out ye ol' vinyl and play me some Steve Miller Band... 

        ... all while I contemplate the number of years the Lottery has been around and the total amount I have spent on it over that time period!

          dallascowboyfan's avatar - tiana the-princess-and-the-frog.jpg
          Oklahoma
          United States
          Member #82391
          November 12, 2009
          6290 Posts
          Offline
          Posted: June 26, 2012, 7:26 pm - IP Logged

          Time keeps on slippin' slippin' slippin' into the future.

          That was the JAM back in the day!!!!!!

          I Love Pink & Green 1908

            sully16's avatar - sharan
            Ringleader
            Michigan
            United States
            Member #81740
            October 28, 2009
            40611 Posts
            Online
            Posted: June 26, 2012, 8:38 pm - IP Logged

            Congrats Montana, Happy Birthday Kimberly!

            Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

            For a lead role in a cage?

             

                                                        From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"