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Montana Millionaire lottery winner revealed

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Pit Stop owner Tommy Heisler accepting the ceremonial "big check" on behalf of the winners (Montana Lottery photo) Pit Stop owner Tommy Heisler accepting the ceremonial "big check" on behalf of the winners (Montana Lottery photo)
Winning numbers in Montana Millionaire drawing, December 29, 2015 Winning numbers in Montana Millionaire drawing, December 29, 2015

Jack Barisich, an 86-year-old retired snow plow driver with the Montana Department of Transportation living in Winnett, has claimed the grand prize in the Montana Millionaire lottery drawing.

A press release from the Montana Lottery says that Barisich got the winning ticket as a gift from Stacie Schissler of Great Falls, a relative of his son's.

Schissler bought the ticket at the Pit Stop in Black Eagle. She told Lottery officials that it's not her usual place to buy tickets, but she was in Black Eagle for a work holiday party and went in.

The Barisich family has a Christmas tradition of exchanging Montana Lottery tickets.

All the adults in the extended Montana family that stretches from Great Falls to Billings to Winnett exchange Scratch tickets as presents, and they always buy Montana Millionaire tickets. 

They have one rule: If anybody wins, the winner splits the prize with the person who gave them the ticket.

But nobody ever really thought they'd win. This time, however, the family's luck changed. 

Now Jack and Stacie have have split the jackpot winnings.

"I just couldn't believe it," Schissler said.

Barisich had already returned to Winnett after Christmas when Montana Lottery officials in Helena drew his lucky number four days after the holiday. His son called him but Barisich didn't believe him.

"It's still a little hard to believe, to tell you the truth," Barisich said.

The family kept their ticket locked in a safe until they could all visit Montana Lottery headquarters in Helena to validate their win and claim their prize. 

Right now, neither Schissler nor Barisich have specific plans for the winnings.

They're still taking it all in.

"This doesn't happen very often," Barisich said.

(DECEMBER 29, 2015) If you bought a Montana Millionaire lottery ticket at the Pit Stop Tavern in Black Eagle, you could be the grand prize winner.

The million-dollar winning ticket -- #125495 -- was drawn as the winner at Montana Lottery headquarters in Helena on Tuesday morning.

The annual jackpot drawing turned out pretty well for people who bought tickets in and around Great Falls.

One of two second-place prizes -- each worth $100,000 -- was sold at Peres Food Basket in Great Falls.

One of three $10,000 prizes was sold at the Conoco On Your Way convenience store in Great Falls. 

The Montana Millionaire raffle game sold out on December 20 at 2:05 p.m. This is the fourth year in a row that the game has sold out before the midnight December 31 deadline.

With Montana Millionaire selling out early, lottery officials conducted the grand prize drawing prior to the scheduled date of January 1, 2016. 

The Grand Prize drawing was held on Tuesday morning at the Montana Lottery headquarters in Helena.

George Kesel of the Montana Lottery confirmed the winning numbers and locations to MTN News on Tuesday afternoon.

All winning numbers were drawn from a closed pool of 135,000 tickets. 

There are three tickets worth $10,000; two tickets worth $100,000; and the grand prize ticket is worth $1,000,000.

Here are the winning ticket numbers:

Prize          Winning #    Location

$1,000,000   125495       Black Eagle - Pit Stop Tavern

$100,000       077928      Great Falls - Peres Food Basket

$100,000       083451      Glendive - Berg Tire

$10,000         071515      Great Falls - Conoco On Your Way

$10,000         074870      East Helena - Town Pump

$10,000         043964      Helena - Safeway

Players can check their numbers at the Montana Lottery website. All winners are encouraged to sign the back of the ticket immediately.

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