Montana Couple Have the Right Ticket, Win $1 Million; Heckuva Way to Start 2012

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Vern Wallace and Mara Lovelace of Billings, Montana claimed the $1 million Montana Millionaire grand prize with a ticket they bought in Billings.

Vern has played Montana Millionaire for the past few years.

This year, he got one ticket for Mara and one ticket for himself on his way home in December. Vern’s ticket was the lucky one, but the couple definitely plans to share the winnings.

Only immediate family were aware Vern and Mara were holding the winning ticket before they drove to Helena to claim their prize.

My mom flipped out, Vern said. She was jumping around the house, hugging me every 15 seconds, Mara added.

Vern and Mara are the third grand prize winners from Billings.

At 35 and 33, they are also the youngest winners to date.

The couple plans to buy a house with the winnings and invest the remainder.

And a happy New Year to you two, from lotterymoments.com

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