Well, it happened again. I found myself having to get out of bed and get ready for work instead of driving to Helena to collect my Powerball winnings. Kind of bummed out about the whole thing, but as they say "You can try and fail, but don't fail to try." So fingers crossed my numbers will be drawn next time.

Many people, much like myself, like to complain when they don't win. Saying things like "the game is rigged" or "it's a scam." I have always wondered why some states seem to be luckier than others. Why do states like California and Florida always tend to have more lottery winners than places like Montana? It's simple really. A larger population of people playing the lottery.

Montana lottery/YouTube
Montana lottery/YouTube

Montana isn't always unlucky though. Montana has actually had a few Powerball winners in the past. Actually, 4 Powerball winners, to be exact. No billion-dollar jackpots, but some millionaires have been made here in the Treasure State.

Back in 2010, two people split a giant jackpot of $48.5 million dollars in Helena. Kim Claassen and Joseph Lamport, Jr split the jackpot. But, only after Kim accidentally ripped up the winning ticket into four pieces. Kim said she thought the winning numbers were for a different day's drawing and tore up the ticket. Only to have Joseph tape it back together to discover they were millionaires.

You see, we are not unlucky here in Montana. In fact, we are about in the middle of the pack when it comes to other states' Powerball winners.

As the current Powerball Jackpot continues to grow, Montana recently had a winning ticket turned in at the Lottery office in Helena.

According to the Montana Lottery website

A Bozeman winner, playing Powerball, claimed their prize of $150,024 on September 29. The winning ticket was purchased at the Superpumper on 81855 Gallatin Road in Bozeman.

NOTE: I am happy to announce that I did win a whopping $4 in the last drawing. So I will be expecting my oversized check from the state any day now.

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