GREAT FALLS — Tickets for the Montana Lottery’s annual "Montana Millionaire" game have sold out - and faster than they did last year.
Tickets for Montana Millionaire went on sale November 1st, and the Montana Lottery added an additional 30,000 tickets to the pool this year, for a total of 180,000 tickets, each one selling for $20.
All 180,000 tickets were sold on Monday, December 2nd. The Montana Lottery in a Facebook post said: "We've never seen hotcakes sell this fast!" Last year, Lottery officials said all 150,000 tickets were sold by December 5th, which at that time was the earliest date in the game’s 12-year history.
In addition to the million-dollar grand prize, there is also one $250,000 prize, three $100,000 prizes, and four $10,000 prizes. The Montana Lottery says the drawing for those big prizes will be held between December 25 and January 1.
There are also 750 prizes of $500, and 550 prizes of $100.
A $25,000 early bird drawing was held on November 29; the winning number was 70133, and the ticket was sold at the Loaf 'N Jug in Glendive.
Another early bird drawing will be held on December 13 for $15,000.
The winning ticket has been sold in Billings four times since the game debuted in 2007. Stores in Great Falls and Butte have sold the grand-prize ticket twice each.
Here is the list of all grand prize winners from previous years:
More information about the game can be found on the Montana Lottery’s website.