One day in November, Amy Lambert of Butte stopped at the Town Pump convenience store at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Dewey Boulevard in Butte and bought a single Montana Millionaire ticket.
She later told lottery officials, “I thought, ‘I’m here. I’m just going to buy a ticket.'”
On Dec. 29, the Montana Lottery announced the winning Montana Millionaire ticket numbers.
A few days later, Lambert checked her number online and discovered she had purchased a $1 million ticket that day.
“I was shocked,” Lambert told the lottery. “I kept thinking, ‘Are these really the numbers?’”
On Tuesday, Lambert claimed her take-home winnings, after taxes, of $681,000, at lottery headquarters in Helena.
Lottery spokeswoman Jennifer McKee said she did not have an age for Lambert and could not provide additional identifying information.
Separately, on Jan. 2, Butte residents Hans and Sandy Loch drove to Helena to claim the winnings from the $100,000 Montana Millionaire ticket actually sold to Hans by Sandy, a clerk/cashier at the Thriftway Super Stop convenience store on South Montana Street in Butte. After taxes, Hans, 66, and Sandy, 59, took home $68,100.
Among other plans for the money, the Lochs said they it will enable them to travel to visit their son and his family in Gulfport, Mississippi. Sandy and Hans had never met their younger grandson, who is 3 years old. Hans said the couple will spring for some new luggage because their current bags require binding to stay shut.