There aren't too many opportunities in life to get some excitement for only a buck or two.

The Montana Lottery Summer Scratch X Multiplier games are a new opportunity to do just that.  I've been stuffing Lottery tickets in birthday cards (for adults, of course) for years. Last year, I had a friend win $200 last year on a ticket that I gave him. (I must admit, it was a bittersweet feeling when he told me that he'd won.)

In addition to the tactile awesomeness of scraping that weird etch-a-sketch material off of the glossy paper, the Summer Scratch X Multiplier games give you multiple chances to win. They start like other scratchers: Each one has a set of winning numbers and a set of player numbers. If the two match, you win!

But, the ticket price determines how much you could multiply your winnings:

  • Every $1 ticket includes a 5X multiplier
  • Every $2 ticket includes a 10X multiplier
  • Every $5 ticket includes a 20X multiplier
  • Every $10 ticket includes a 50X multiplier

I recently tried my luck right in the studio. Fingers crossed!

I didn't win this time (and you'll still be hearing me on the air) but I went ahead and used the Montana Lottery Player's Club app to enter the second-chance drawings. They are hosting three for this series of games: July 27 for $10,000, Aug. 31 for $20,000 and Sept. 28 for $30,000.

Here's the official information from the Montana Lottery:

Each ticket has a Bonus Play webcode that can be found on the front of all four Multiplier Scratch tickets and are the form of entry into the drawings. After logging into the Player's Club, simply scan the Bonus Play webcode with your mobile app or manually enter them through our Player's Club page. Mailed-in entries are not accepted. Each drawing is held separately. Entries for one drawing are not valid for any other drawing (meaning they don’t carry over into subsequent drawings).

Two thrills. One dollar. Great deal. Besides, could you really sleep at night knowing you may have thrown away 30 grand? Go ahead and pick up a few tickets today. Like summer, it's only here for a limited time.