It’s one thing to win the lottery….

Elusive lottery winner steps up

Butte woman claims $460,096

By The Associated Press – 01/14/2009

HELENA (AP) — With less than three days before her ticket expired, Louise Malvey of Butte claimed a Wild Card jackpot worth $460,096 from the July 16 drawing.

The ticket was due to expire Friday, six months after the drawing. Malvey redeemed it Tuesday at Montana Lottery headquarters in Helena.

She bought the ticket at RD’s Party Shop, 848 W. Park St., on Butte’s West Side.

Malvey said she was moving and found the ticket.

“I realized I was almost out of time, so I brought it in,” she said.

Lottery officials said Malvey declined to have her picture taken, and declined to be interviewed by news media. Information about Malvey, and what she plans to do with the money was unavailable Tuesday afternoon.

The ticket contained one line with the five numbers 3-6-10-12-25 and the Wild Card, Queen of Diamonds. That set of numbers was worth $460,095. She also had a second set of numbers that matched only the Wild Card, which added an extra dollar to her prize.

Malvey’s ticket is the second high-stakes winner coming out of Butte of late.

Mike McGivern of Butte on Jan. 5 claimed the $1 million prize money in the Montana Lottery’s Montana Millionaire contest. He purchased that ticket at the Town Pump, 3700 Harrison Ave.

In that same contest, Mick and Suzanne Hubner of Ennis claimed a $100,000 prize.

The Montana Standard contributed to this story.

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