Montana Powerball Numbers

State Specific Rules

If you play Powerball in Montana, you have until 8:00pm Mountain Time (10:00pm Eastern Time) to buy tickets on draw days. You can play the same set of numbers for up to 24 consecutive drawings in advance, and you must be at least 18 years of age to take part.

Power Play is automatically added to Powerball tickets in Montana. The total cost of a standard entry is $3.

Double Play is available in Montana. The feature costs an additional $1 for every set of numbers entered into the main draw.

If you win a prize of more than $5,000, the Montana Lottery will withhold state tax at a rate of 6.9 percent, in addition to the federal tax of 24 percent.

How to Claim Prizes

You can claim prizes of up to $599.99 from any licensed lottery retailer in Montana, but for larger amounts you need to visit the lottery headquarters in Helena or submit your claim by mail to the address below. You will need to complete a claim form for any prize of $600 or more and will need to provide identification before you can be paid out. Valid forms of ID include a driver’s license, passport, or state-issued ID card, and you can submit a photocopy if you are claiming by mail.

The Montana Lottery headquarters is open to process claims on weekdays from 8:00am to 4:30pm MT. The address of the office is shown below:

2525 North Montana Ave. Helena, MT

If you are submitting a claim through the mail, you should send your ticket and supporting documents to the following address:

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Montana Lottery P.O. Box 6073 Helena, MT 59604-6073

Only one person may claim a Powerball prize, but the Montana Lottery offers assistance if you have played as part of a pool or would like to share your prize with someone else. You need to complete IRS Form 5754, which allows you to split the prize and the tax liability with other claimants.

Claim Period

If you win a prize in Montana, you have six months from the date of the drawing to come forward and claim your money. Any prizes which are unclaimed are transferred to the state’s General Fund.

Lost and Damaged Tickets

If you lose a winning Powerball ticket, you will not be able to claim your prize. Anyone in possession of a ticket can file a claim so you should sign the back of your entry to prevent anyone else from being able to redeem your prize. It will also increase the chances of a ticket being returned to you. Tickets are subjected to a validation process before prizes are paid out but it may still be possible to claim your money even if your entry has been damaged. Read the ‘Winners’ section below to find out about a couple of colleagues who claimed a jackpot despite ripping up their ticket.

Going Public

You have been able to stay anonymous in Montana since a new law came into force in March 2021. Winners’ names had previously been regarded as public information, but players are now allowed to keep this information private. Winners’ place of residence and prize amount are still disclosed.

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Where Does the Money Go?

State law requires that a minimum of 45 percent of the Montana Lottery’s revenue is returned to players as prize money. A small portion of the revenue is also used for operational expenses and retailer commissions, and all of the remaining proceeds are transferred to the state.

The General Fund receives a share of this money and distributes it to various different sectors, including education, public safety, and healthcare programs. The remaining proceeds are used for student scholarships, helping youngsters to study degrees in science, technology, math, and healthcare (STEM) at colleges and universities throughout the state.

Montana Powerball Winners

Kim Claassen and Joe Lamport Jr. became Montana’s biggest Powerball winners on June 23, 2010 when they won half of a $96 million jackpot. The other winning ticket was sold in Ohio. Kim and Joe were given a major scare before they claimed their prize, though, as Kim had torn the ticket into four pieces and thrown it in the trash, believing it to be a losing entry. However, she had mistakenly been looking at the numbers from the previous drawing. Kim then had to retrieve the ticket the next day after a colleague told her that a winning entry had been sold at the Town Pump on North Montana Avenue in Helena, which is where she had played.

Kim pieced the ticket back together again and its authenticity was verified when she dropped into the Montana Lottery headquarters just up the road. Kim and Joe, who had worked together in healthcare for several years, decided to take the lump sum of $25 million rather than the annuity option of $48 million, and said they would enjoy the money with their families. Kim, who was recently divorced, said she would even help out her ex-husband.

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