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| Montana Lottery
||2525 NORTH MONTANA HELENA, MONTANA
U.S. Census Bureau, Population
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|Instant Ticket Vendor:
2008 - 2013
|| Instant Games, Montana Cash, Wild Card, PowerBall and
Hot Lotto.Scratch, Qwik Tix and Montana Sports Action
||State of Montana
The Montana Lottery was created in November 1986 with
the approval of 69 percent of voters. Ticket sales began with the instant game
Pot of Gold on June 24, 1987, six days earlier than the mandated start date of
July 1, with a small staff of just 35 at launch.
Like many smaller
lotteries, Montana has taken advantage of several multistate games over the
years after legislation authorized such participation in April 1989. The first
was Lotto*America, which became the Lotterys only draw game when added in
November 1989. It was an immediate success, with sales more than double the
projections. Montana then added its own draw game, Montana Cash, in May 1991.
That 1989 legislation also allowed the lottery to pay more in prizes and to
offer sales performance bonuses to retailers and sales staff members.
Montana is the only lottery to offer sports fantasy games with the debut of
Montana Sports Action in 2008. The pari-mutuel games were created in
collaboration with the Montana Board of Horse Racing. Players create fantasy
football or auto racing teams for a chance to win big based on the results of
In addition to Sports Action, the Montana Lotterys current
lineup of draw games includes Powerball, Mega Millions, Montana Cash, Wild Card
2, Hot Lotto Sizzler and 10 Spot. EZ Play instant games are also available
through retail terminals.
Originally, Montana Lottery proceeds were
allocated to the Teachers Retirement Fund for the purpose of holding the line
on or reducing property taxes. In 1990, the legislature changed the beneficiary
to the Office of Public Instruction School Equalization Account.
later, the Board of Crime Control was given a small share to help fund juvenile
detention centers. In 1995, legislative action sent all Lottery revenues to the
states General Fund, where they remain today.
The General Fund
provides money for state programs which do not have dedicated revenue sources,
such as education, health and public safety.