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The Montana Lottery is run by the government of Montana. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). The Montana Lottery has a large number of games, such as scratch tickets, Powerball, Hot Lotto, Wild Card 2, and Montana Cash.

The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid out at least $310 million to players in prizes and returned at least $142 million to good causes in Montana.

In Montana, the minimum age to purchase a lottery ticket is 18.

On August 31, 2008, the Montana Lottery began fantasy sports wagering, called Montana Sports Action, which is offered under the authority of MCA 23-4, a law passed by the Montana Legislature in 2007 to help the Board of Horse Racing increase purses in Montana. The Board of Horse Racing may also use the funds raised in other ways to stimulate horse racing in Montana. The law requires that 74% of the money wagered be returned to players in prize payouts. The remaining 26% is shared between the establishments offering Montana Sports Action, the Board of Horse Racing, and the Montana Lottery. (Sports betting in the US also is legal in Delaware, Nevada, and Oregon.)

Montana Cash

Montana Cash is played Wednesdays and Saturdays. It draws 5 numbers from 1 through 37. Players get two games for $1. The jackpot starts at $20,000.

10 Spot is played like keno. Players choose 10 numbers; 20 are drawn by the Lottery. Matching any 10 of the 20 numbers wins $25,000.

Wild Card 2 (multi-lottery game)

Wild Card 2, a MUSL game, is currently offered by four lotteries including Montana's. It is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. Players get two games for each $1 wagered. Each game is played in a similar fashion to Powerball; in each drawing, five numbers from 1–31 are selected. The sixth "number" is actually one of 16 playing cards, either a Jack, Queen, King, or the Ace of any of the four suits (Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades).

Hot Lotto (multi-lottery game)

Hot Lotto, another MUSL game, is currently available through 15 lotteries including Montana's. It is also drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. Hot Lotto draws 5 white balls from 1 to 39 and 1 orange hot ball from 1 to 19. The jackpot starts at $1 million and increases by at least $50,000 if there is no top prize winner. Hot Lotto has an optional feature called Sizzler (which is similar to Powerball's PowerPlay) which costs an additional $1 per play, and triples any non-jackpot prize.

Powerball (multi-lottery game)

Since 1989, the Montana Lottery has been a member of MUSL. Powerball began in April 1992. Powerball's jackpots are at least $20 million. It is also drawn Wednesday and Saturday nights. Powerball draws 5 white balls from 1 to 59 and 1 red Powerball from 1 to 39. Powerball also has an optional multiplier, PowerPlay, which multiplies a non-jackpot prize by 2x to 5x.

Mega Millions (multi-lottery game)

On September 6, 1996, six lotteries began the-then The Big Game; it became Mega Millions in May 2002. Its jackpots begin at $12 million. Mega Millions draws 5 white balls numbered 1 through 56, and 1 yellow Mega Ball numbered 1 through 46.

Most lotteries with either Mega Millions or Powerball prior to January 31, 2010 added the other game on that date. The Montana Lottery added Mega Millions on March 1, 2010, becoming the first lottery to add the "other" game after the official cross-selling expansion about a month prior. Unlike most of the 12 Mega Millions members that had the game before the cross-selling expansion, Montana offers Mega Millions' multiplier, called Megaplier, which is similar (but not identical) to PowerPlay.

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The Montana Lottery is run by the government of Montana. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). The Montana Lottery has a large number of games, such as scratch tickets, Powerball, Hot Lotto, Wild Card 2, and Montana Cash.

The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid out at least $310 million to players in prizes and returned at least $142 million to good causes in Montana.

In Montana, the minimum age to purchase a lottery ticket is 18.

On August 31, 2008, the Montana Lottery began fantasy sports wagering, called Montana Sports Action, which is offered under the authority of MCA 23-4, a law passed by the Montana Legislature in 2007 to help the Board of Horse Racing increase purses in Montana. The Board of Horse Racing may also use the funds raised in other ways to stimulate horse racing in Montana. The law requires that 74% of the money wagered be returned to players in prize payouts. The remaining 26% is shared between the establishments offering Montana Sports Action, the Board of Horse Racing, and the Montana Lottery. (Sports betting in the U.S. is also legal only in Delaware, Nevada, and Oregon.)

Montana Cash

Montana Cash is played on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Montana Cash draws 5 numbers from 1 to 37. Players get two games for $1. The jackpot starts at $20,000 and increases if there is no top prize winner.

10 Spot is played like keno. Players choose 10 numbers; 20 are drawn by the Lottery. Matching any 10 of the 20 numbers wins $25,000.

Wild Card 2 (multi-lottery game)

Wild Card 2, a MUSL game, is currently offered by four lotteries including Montana's. It is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. Players get two games for each $1 wagered. Each game is played in a similar fashion to Powerball; in each drawing, five numbers from 1–31 are selected. The sixth "number" is actually one of 16 playing cards, either a Jack, Queen, King, or the Ace of any of the four suits (Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades).

Hot Lotto (multi-lottery game)

Hot Lotto, another MUSL game, is currently available through 15 lotteries including Montana's. It is also drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. Hot Lotto draws 5 white balls from 1 to 39 and 1 orange hot ball from 1 to 19. The jackpot starts at $1 million and increases by at least $50,000 if there is no top prize winner. Hot Lotto has an optional feature called Sizzler (which is similar to Powerball's PowerPlay) which costs an additional $1 per play, and triples any non-jackpot prize.

Powerball (multi-lottery game)

Since 1989, the Montana Lottery has been a member of MUSL. Powerball began in April 1992. Powerball's jackpots currently start at $20 million. It is also drawn Wednesday and Saturday nights. Powerball draws 5 white balls from 1 to 59 and 1 red Powerball from 1 to 39. Powerball also has an optional multiplier, PowerPlay, which multiplies a non-jackpot prize by 2x to 5x.

On October 13, 2009 the Mega Millions consortium and MUSL reached an agreement in principle to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball in all U.S. lottery jurisdictions.

Mega Millions (multi-lottery game)

On September 6, 1996, six lotteries began the then The Big Game. It became Mega Millions in 2002. Its jackpots begin at $12 million. Mega Millions draws 5 white balls from 1 to 56 and 1 yellow Mega Ball from 1 to 46. Most lotteries with either Mega Millions or Powerball prior to January 31, 2010 added the other game on that date. The Montana Lottery added Mega Millions on March 1, 2010.

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Poker Laws in Montana Important MT Notes
  • Players from MT can legally play at poker websites offshore
  • Legal online poker is several years away in Montana
  • Land-based casino gambling is not legal, including poker
  • Horse racing and state lottery, only legal forms of gaming
  • The state still boasts several tribal casinos
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Unlike in many other American states where online poker is deemed illegal to operate such a business, in Montana online poker is explicitly illegal based on legislation passed in 2005. However, as in other American states, residents of Montana are known to play poker online at offshore sites which is legal as a player at the Federal level.

Future Outlook of Online Poker in Montana – Estimated date of legalization: 2020-2021

The following graph tracks our expected legislation of online poker in Montana on a state law level. It is currently already legal on a Federal level. This graph monitors the current rise or fall of expected legalization.

Since online poker is explicitly illegal, the future outlook is bleaker than in other American states. In the case of live poker, which is illegal under certain conditions, the maximum bet is only $800. Such restrictions would make online poker enviable. Further, there is absolutely no action in the state legislature for legalizing online poker. The only silver lining is that Montana allows online betting for horse racing and certain online lottery games. This could lead to a move to legalize online poker sometime in the future. However, residents play poker online and no arrests or punitive actions have been reported in the media.

Current Gambling Laws in Montana

Gambling related activities are covered under Title 23 [A] Parks, Recreation, Sports and Gambling of the Montana Code Annotated 2013. Horse Racing is in Chapter 4, Gambling is in Chapter 5 and State Lottery is in Chapter 7. Section 23-5-110 outlines the public policy regarding gambling. Section 23-5-112-(12) [B] defines gambling. The section states:

“(a) “Gambling” or “gambling activity” means risking any money, credit, deposit, check, property, or other thing of value for a gain that is contingent in whole or in part upon lot, chance, or the operation of a gambling device or gambling enterprise. (b) The term does not mean conducting or participating in a promotional game of chance and does not include amusement games regulated by Title 23, chapter 6, part 1. (c) The term does not include social card games played solely for prizes of minimal value, defined as class I gaming by 25 U.S.C. 2703.”

Gaming Law Masters [C] explains that, “Where chance plays a predominant factor in the outcome of the game, then the game will qualify as gambling”. It also clarifies that unless expressly exempted games where players bet against the casino or house such as blackjack, baccarat, roulette and craps are illegal.

Any forms of gambling which are not licensed and regulated by the state or do not take place in tribal casinos qualify as illegal acts under state law and are subject to prosecution. Chapter 5 of Title 23 of the Montana Code specifies that most offenses related to gambling qualify as misdemeanors, unless they involve fraudulent behavior, in which case they can be treated as felony offenses. Citing an example of a felony gambling offense, BillingsGazette.com reports [D] that in September 2013 a couple was charged with a felony for trying to pass fake bills in a casino.

Section 23-5-112-20(a), which states, “Internet gambling”, by whatever name known, includes but is not limited to the conduct of any legal or illegal gambling enterprise through the use of communications technology that allows a person using money, paper checks, electronic checks, electronic transfers of money, credit cards, debit cards, or any other instrumentality to transmit to a computer information to assist in the placing of a bet or wager and corresponding information related to the display of the game, game outcomes, or other similar information” Section 23-5-112-20(b) lists specific exclusions with respect to pari-mutuel wagering, state lottery and defined events at tribal casinos.

History of Gambling in Montana

Information on the history of gambling in Montana is available here [E].

Social gambling, such as a home poker game, is permitted under Montana law so long as no player, host or proprietor is profiting in any way outside of participation in the game.

Charity poker tournaments are permitted subject to restrictions imposed by charitable gambling laws.

The traditional forms of poker are legal at licensed card rooms and tribal casinos. All forms have limit restrictions, maximum $2 bet and a $800 payout.

Gambling Laws in Montana

There are no state-licensed casinos in Montana, but there are a number of tribal casinos. Also, there is a good spread of other gambling activity regulated by the state legislature, including charity gaming, bingo, Keno, poker, panguingue, a state lottery, horse-racing, raffles, video line gambling machines, fantasy sports and a range of local games such as shake-a-day and fishing derbies.

The Montana Department of Justice is the governing body [F] that regulates gambling within the state, with the exception of the state lottery and horse racing.

There are no state licensed regular casinos in Montana. However, liquor licensed venues and video lottery establishments can apply for permission to run various low stakes card games, sport pools and electronic gaming. There are restrictions concerning frequency of games run, hours of play, and the size of prizes awarded, the upper limit of which has been recently raised to $800 per game.

Casino type card games like blackjack and other casino games such as roulette and craps, in which players wager against the house, are not permitted. The electronic machines allowed are bingo, poker and keno games. Card games include, apart from poker, gin rummy, spades, cribbage, hearts, and panguingue, bridge, pinochle, pitch, poker, solo, and whist (Section 23-5-311).

There are nine tribal casinos [G] in Montana. Most of them just run a hundred or so slot machines, some keno, bingo, and video poker. The Glacier Peaks Casino in Browning run by the Blackfeet Tribe does run a poker room with a few games. Reservation casinos are not allowed standard casino table games.

Though not regulated by the state, Montana reservation casinos generally follow the same rules as Montana card rooms, but are allowed some additional advantages. For example, reservations do not have a limit on the number of video lottery machines that they can have in one location, they can also offer commercial style bingo and they are not covered by the smoking ban.

Pari-mutuel wagering on horseracing is allowed under state law, and is under the oversight of the Board of Horse Racing [H], under the Department of Commerce. The web site of the board lists three track locations in Montana, which are Great Falls Race Meet, Miles City Bucking Horse Sale and Yellowstone Downs. The races are held in the late summer every year. The Montana Board of Horse Racing approves and licenses locations around the state to offer off-track betting on live horse and greyhound racing in North America 365 days a year. These include licensed bars and casinos [I] throughout Montana. Horse race wagers can also be made by phone as well as over the internet.

Montana has a state lottery [J], which has been running since 1986. It offers scratch off tickets, lotto drawings including multi-state drawings Powerball and Mega Millions and some unique products.

One of these is EZPlay. Terminals are set up at participating lottery retailers where players can buy tickets. When a predetermined number of tickets are purchased, the next ticket is the winner of the prize pool. It has been proposed that this game will be available over the Internet, but no schedule is available.

Montana offers two sports lotteries, Fantasy Football and Fantasy Racing. In Fantasy Football, a player will choose a Quarterback, Running Back, Wide Receiver, Tight End, Kicker and Defensive Unit. For Fantasy Racing, a player will choose five drivers of different pole rankings. These sports pools are handled like a pari-mutuel type wager where the state takes a commission from the overall prize pool. Sports Action retailers tend to be located at bars and casinos. In order to offer these services Montana has been exempted [K] from certain provisions of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.

The part of the Montana Code pertaining to charitable gambling can be read here [L]. Charitable organizations as defined in the statute are allowed to conduct bingo, keno, raffles and casino nights. The restrictions imposed in terms of frequency, hours and prizes are specified in the statutes. Despite the name, casino nights cannot offer casino type games. Only card games permitted under the Card Games Act and listed earlier are allowed.

Certain popular mini gambling games are allowed in the state. One of these is a dice game called shake-a-day. In this game, customers shake some dice similar to poker dice, and pay a small fee for a chance to hit hand combinations which allow them to win a portion of a prize pool built up from the previous payments made. In another game, Fishing Derbies, fishermen wager on catches of various sizes and specimens of fish. Wagers are also permitted on predicting natural occurrences in the climate.

Montana has legalized video keno games and video poker. Any establishment with an alcohol license can offer video lottery. A licensed establishment can operate up to 20 machines on a premise. Montana taxes video lottery machines 15% of their net win and charges $220 a year in licensing per machine. The maximum win is capped at $800. Video lottery games must pay back between 80 and 92 percent. In 2009, video lottery establishments were forced to ban smoking and revenue collapsed by over 20% statewide.

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Betting in Montana is legal for those 18 years and older who visit one of the state’s tribal casinos, which offer video gaming machines like slots and poker plus table games such as blackjack, craps and roulette. Other legal activities include betting on licensed horse and dog races along with parimutuel wagering, video poker and keno with a liquor license and charitable gaming including bingo and raffles.

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Gaming Laws in Montana

Montana State Code Section 23-5-110 defines illegal gambling as “risking any money, credit, deposit, check, property, or other thing of value for a gain that is contingent in whole or in part upon lot, chance, or the operation of a gambling device or gambling enterprise.”

In 1985, the state legislature passed the Video Poker Machine Act, allowing five poker machines per liquor license and unlimited keno machines. Two years later, Montana passed a 15 percent tax on video gambling machine revenue that would take effect in 1988 and later become known as the Video Gambling Machine Gross Income Tax. In 1991, the limit for poker machines was increased to 20 video gambling machines per liquor license.

Montana’s Gaming Control Division regulates all forms of gambling outside of the lottery and horse racing, and it is also responsible for collecting gambling revenue for state and local governments.

Tribal Casinos

There are nine tribal casinos in the state of Montana, six of which are classified as Class III with slot machines, blackjack, craps and roulette. These include the Silverwolf Casino, Buffalo Rivers Casino Lodge, Northern Winz Casino, Apsaalooke Nights Casino, Fort Belknap Casino and Charging Horse Casino. The other three classified as Class II are Glacier Peaks Casino, KwaTaqNuk Resort Casino and Gray Wolf Peak Casino with bingo-type games.

Sports Betting in Montana

Sports betting is not allowed in the state of Montana.

Online Sportsbooks

Even though there are no sportsbooks available at physical locations or online in the state of Montana, bettors still have the opportunity to choose from many offshore options. Offshore sportsbooks are widely considered to be a much safer option than local bookmakers. In addition to having the convenience of placing bets right from a personal computer or mobile device and a variety of options, online bettors can trust reputable and well-reviewed offshore books to always offer lines and pay out, which may not always be the case for local bookies.

Poker and Casino in Montana

Poker and other casino games of any kind are not allowed in the state of Montana outside of tribal casinos.

Online Poker

Because poker rooms are banned in the state of Montana outside of tribal casinos, online games may appeal to interested players who can pursue offshore poker websites in order to participate.

Other Gaming Options in Montana

Betting on licensed horse and dog racing and on-track parimutuel wagering is legal in Montana. Charitable gaming is also allowed within the state, including bingo and raffles.

Montana Lottery

The Montana Lottery began in 1987 with the sale of the first scratcher ticket. Lottery proceeds go to the state’s General Fund, which is used for programs, including education, health and public safety. Lottery games range from instant-win scratchers to jackpot drawings such as Powerball, Mega Millions and Montana Millionaire.

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