Montana Lottery Winner Keeps On Truckin’

I’d like to show everyone that lotteries   bestow not just money… but pretty cool other prizes on winners.

Take, for example, Montana, which recently gave away a truck.

The first winner in the BIG Montana Truck Raffle Game, a Scratch game by the Montana Lottery, has come forward. Tom Schmidt of Missoula claimed a 2009 Ford F-150 Lariat Crew Cab truck from Montana Lottery headquarters.

Schmidt, a regular Scratch and Lotto player, bought some BIG Montana Truck raffle tickets. His  older son, Matt, asked to scratch a couple of the tickets. Moments later, Matt called Tom and said, I think you won a truck!

Tom wanted to be sure and had Matt check the ticket at Mullan Station Convenience in Missoula, where he bought the ticket.

The terminal said “File Claim’ when he scanned it, and that’s when I knew we had won, Tom explained.

Schmidt immediately called his wife, Dian and told her the good news. While making arrangements to pick up his new truck with Lottery staff, Tom admitted that he’s recently had knee surgery and has had a hard time getting around lately. Now I have a new way of getting around, Tom said.

Schmidt and his family plan to keep the truck. I wasn’t really in the market for a new vehicle but I’m glad I got one! We always have stuff to haul, He said.

This isn’t Tom’s first string of good luck. On May 27, he won a $20,000 Montana Cash jackpot prize. He also enjoys playing Montana Sports Action and has claimed one Fantasy Football prize and four Fantasy Racing prizes.

Everyone thinks I’m pretty lucky, Tom said.

So, I urge everyone to keep an eye out for games that offer prizes other than money. They tend not to  be played as often by the masses, thereby upping your odds.

Also watch for second-chance contests, where you turn in non-winning tickets and are entered in a sweepstakes drawing.


There was no jackpot winner in the Oct. 10 Powerball game so the big prize rolls to $30 million on Oct. 14.

The winning Oct. 10 numbers are 13,32,45,49,50 and the Power ball is 30.

Three tickets matched 5 of 6. They were bought in Connecticut ($200,000), Iowa ($1 million, because the ticket was Power Played) and Wisconsin ($200,000).

The Oct. 13 Mega Millions jackpot is HUGE: $170 million.

The Oct. 16 Euro Millions jackpot is 43 million euros, or about $67 million, in U.S. dollars.

Good luck, everyone.

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