The Montana Lottery drew the numbers for the grand prizes of the 2022 Montana Millionaire game Tuesday morning.
The prizes include two $1 million prizes and one $100,000 prize. Here are the winning ticket numbers and locations where they were sold:
- $1 million: #058959 (sold at Town Pump on 10th in Great Falls)
- $1 million: #033146 (sold at Town Pump on Dewey in Butte)
- $100,000: #254026 (sold at River Market in Fort Benton)
Anne Charpentier, the Montana Lottery marketing director, say that this drawing is the highlight of the year: "It's always exciting when we get to pick our millionaires and we're always thrilled to make a millionaire over and over, especially when we get to make two."
This year's tickets sold in record time; all 280,000 tickets - each priced at $20 - sold out in less than 30 hours.
"We are addressing the number of tickets as well as the prices and all the things we're looking at. The game as a whole, looking to see what we can do to maybe have it sell a little bit longer," said Charpentier.
In the past, they have added more tickets and larger prizes.
For example, in the past the game featured smaller prizes and just one $1 million dollar grand prize. Now, it has two $1 million prizes and smaller "early bird" prizes.
- Nov. 25 $100,000 drawing: #080647 (sold in Laurel)
- Dec. 16 $25,000 drawing: #269399 (sold in Lincoln)
While there are no concrete plans yet for next year's Montana Millionaire, Montana Lottery officials are looking at options.
"Our mission here at the lottery, maximizing the revenue generated to the state, but also want to keep the fun and keep those million dollar prizes as part of the game," said Charpentier, "So we are addressing all those things as we look to the future of Montana millionaire."
Previous winners of the Montana Millionaire grand prize are:
- 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
Last year's two winning million-dollar tickets were sold in Butte and Missoula. 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.