Amy Lambert has stepped forward to claim her million-dollar prize in the Montana Lottery.
Lambert bought her winning ticket at the Town Pump on the corner of Harrison Avenue and Dewey Boulevard in Butte.
“I thought, ‘I’m here. I’m just going to buy a ticket,’” Lambert told Montana Lottery officials when she claimed her prize.
Lottery officials drew the winning Montana Millionaire number on December 29, but Lambert didn’t check her tickets that day.
She checked them at home on her computer a few days later. She claimed her prize Tuesday at the Lottery headquarters in Helena.
She said she initially couldn’t believe she had won: “I was shocked,” Lambert said. “I kept thinking, ‘Are these really the numbers?’”
Lambert plays Montana Millionaire every year: “But I didn’t play and expect to win.”
Last year's winners of the Montana Millionaire grand prize were Dan and Marcia Thompson. Their million-dollar ticket was sold in Great Falls at Kernaghan’s Pik & Pump at 8th Avenue North and 15th Street (story).
Jack Barisich, an 86-year-old retired snow plow driver with the Montana Department of Transportation living in Winnett, claimed the prize in 2015. His million-dollar ticket was bought at the Pit Stop Tavern in Black Eagle.
(JANUARY 12, 2018) Terry Sargent of Great Falls has claimed a $100,000 prize in the Montana Millionaire lottery drawing.
Sargent, a military retiree from Great Falls, won the prize on a Montana Millionaire ticket he bought at the Holiday Station Store on 15th Street North in Great Falls.
He found out he won right after the winning numbers were announced on December 29. But even then, it just didn’t sink in.
“We had a print-out of it from the store and we were checking my numbers against that,” he said. “I was thinking, ‘Sure would be nice.’ But I didn’t believe it.”
Sargent plays Montana Millionaire every year, but this is his first big win.
He told Montana Lottery officials that he has plans for the money: “I’ll pay off my truck, maybe buy a house,” he said. “And invest the rest.”
The 150,000 Montana Millionaire tickets sold out on December 15th, which set a record as the fastest selling for the game, which is now in its 11th year.
The million-dollar ticket was sold in Butte. There were three tickets worth $100,000 each; one was sold in Butte, and two were sold in Great Falls.
The grand prize winner has not yet come forward to claim his or her prize.