I have been on what gamblers call "a heater" lately. Meaning I have been lucky a few times and won money instead of losing it all. I get lucky every so often. I can count of all my fingers and toes how many times I have won money playing Keno or line games here in Montana. But, never in my wildest dreams did I think I could win the lottery.

Maybe that is how other people feel when they play the lottery. They never really feel like they have much of a chance at winning. But they buy a ticket anyway, strictly because of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). When the day comes that person wins a prize, they probably have forgotten they even purchased a lotto ticket. The winning ticket could end up tucked into the visor of their car or crumpled up in a napkin. This may be the reason why the Montana Lottery Office has so many unclaimed lottery winnings waiting for lucky winners to come and pick up.

According to the Montana Lottery's Facebook page

Prizes must be claimed within six months of the drawing.


Montana Lottery's recently updated list of unclaimed prizes includes:

  • $19k Shake a Day in Billings
  • $5k MT Slots ticket in Great Falls
  • $17k Big Sky Bonus ticket in Great Falls
  • $10k Mega Millions tickets in Helena
  • $50k Powerball Ticket in Great Falls
  • $5k Lucky for Life in Billings

Missoula has a $40,000 winning ticket floating around somewhere. If you bought a Lotto America Ticket from the Town Pump on Mullan Rd, you might want to check your numbers. Your ticket expires on August 14th.

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