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$1 million Powerball ticket sold in Billings

$1 million Powerball ticket sold in Billings


Someone in Billings is about to have a good day. The Montana Lottery says a $1 million Powerball ticket has been sold in Billings.

So far, no one has claimed the big bucks.

The million dollar ticket, which was drawn on Saturday, was sold by the 24th Street Cenex on Billings' West End.

The second-level prize winner had five numbers match, except the final Powerball number. Saturday's winning numbers were 5-8-17-27-28-14.

The odds of winning the second-level prize of $1 million are one in 1,688,054.

Winners have six months from the date of drawing to claim their prizes, said Montana Lottery communications manager Jennifer McKee.

The lucky Billings resident was one of 35 people across the country to win a million-dollar ticket. 

In Montana, lottery winners may take their prize as a lump sum, or over time as an annuity. 

"Virtually everyone I've been aware of in Montana takes the lump sum," said McKee.

Lottery prizes are considered regular income, so federal taxes of at least 23 percent and state taxes of 6.9 percent are withheld before payment.   

The only $23 million Powerball ticket, drawn Saturday, was sold in New Jersey. 

Saturday's drawing would make the second Montanan a millionaire in just about a month. 

In December, a Butte woman won the Montana Lottery's 14th Montana Millionaire game. 

Megan Thorstenson told The Montana Standard she intends to use the money to return to college and invest the rest of her winnings.


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