Established in 1973, The Maryland Lottery is an independent agency of the Government of Maryland. Its games include Maryland Powerball, Mega Millions, Maryland Pick 3, Multi-Match, Maryland Bonus Match 5 and numerous scratch card games. The Maryland Lottery has its headquarters in Baltimore and has contributed more than $13.9 billion in revenue to the State since its inception. If you fancy your chances of getting in on the winning, why not play online with Lottery24.
Maryland Mega Millions
In 1996, Maryland helped to launch The Big Game which became Mega Millions in 2002.
Maryland PowerballMaryland Powerball is also played twice a week; every Wednesday and Saturday night. Powerball has enormous jackpots starting at $40,000,000 and increasing in the event of a rollover.
It is played by choosing five white balls from 1 to 59 and one red Powerball from 1 to 35, or you can opt for a Quick Pick (Lucky Dip) for random numbers. Maryland Powerball only became available to state residents in January 2010. All the winning numbers for the draws can be found at Lottery24.
Maryland Pick 3Maryland Pick 3 was introduced in July 1976. In this game, players choose three numbers from zero to nine for the chance of winning prizes from $25 to $500.
In 2014, Maryland Pick 3 gained $244.5 million in net sales. Draws are held twice daily, seven days a week.
In April 1983, Maryland Lottery introduced Pick 4.
Maryland Bonus Match 5 is a draw game that was first introduced in September 1995. The game was discontinued in January 1998 and was brought back in February 2002. Players select five numbers from a field of 39 or request the computer to generate random numbers.
The Maryland Lottery selects five winning numbers ranging from one to 39 and a Bonus Ball is drawn from the remaining 34 numbers. Players matching all five numbers, in any order, win $50,000 and the bonus ball gives extra chances of winning. Maryland Bonus Match 5 is another seven-day-a-week game. In 2014, Maryland Bonus Match 5 brought in $21.4 million in net sales.
The Maryland Monopoly Millionaire’s Club is a multi-state draw game that offers three ways to become a millionaire. It’s exciting multiple play features make it different from any other lottery experience. To play, simply choose five numbers from one to 52 or mark Quick Pick (Lucky Dip) to have the Maryland Lottery computer randomly select your numbers.
For every MMC play you buy, a Millionaire’s Club number is randomly generated and printed on the game ticket. Each time the Top Prize is won, a second draw occurs for the Millionaire’s Club Prizes. These are guaranteed $1 million cash prizes awarded to multiple players; sometimes 10 and sometimes hundreds in a single week!
The Top Prize ranges from $15,000,000 to $25,000,000. Players can also win up to $1,000,000 on the TV game show. The computer will randomly select an additional Property Number from one to 28 which represents a property on the Monopoly game board.
The Maryland Keno, introduced in January 1993, was initially played only at Maryland Lottery retailers who were equipped with dedicated monitors.
The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency have also introduced a high earning product which is especially designed to benefit Maryland Veterans’ organisations. It is an instant ticket Maryland lottery machine (ITLM); a modern gaming vending machine with spinning video reel animation.
Three friends who referred to themselves as The Three Amigos and who were employees in Maryland’s education system, shared a $218.6 million portion of the record-breaking $656 million Maryland Mega Millions jackpot from 30th March 2012.
One was an elementary school teacher, another was a special education instructor and the third worked in an administrative role. After taxes, the winners shared $105 million, taking home just under $35 million each. They were a woman in her 20s, a man in his 40s and another woman in her 50s, and they pooled their money to buy 20 tickets each, for a total of 60 tickets.
||According to press reports, one planned to take a backpacking trip through Europe, another wanted to pay for his daughter's college education and the third winner planned to tour Italy's wine country.
At the press conference, the three joked that they would each get matching tattoos of the winning Maryland Mega Millions numbers, which were 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 and bonus ball 23.
“It’s great to be back” is not something many people get the opportunity to say to lottery officials when collecting their winnings, but those were the exact words uttered by a Baltimore truck driver after he won the Maryland Lottery for the second time. The un-named 39-year-old driver only realised that he had won the $2.85 million Multi-Match prize jackpot when he heard the winning ticket came from a Safeway in Waldorf, where he had bought one after stopping to fill his truck with fuel.
The man had previously won $250,000 in a Maryland Mega Millions prize in 2005, which he told press that he used for a down payment on a house. He planned to use his second win to pay off the house and help out his two sons. Oh, and a holiday was on the cards too!
Ellwood Bartlett, known to his friends as Bunky, won a staggering $32.6 million on the Maryland Mega Millions draw of 31st August 2007. Sometime later, it appeared that Bartlett, who was by all accounts a soft touch, gave away millions to friends and strangers. He hired his friends, bought them first-class plane tickets, officiated at their weddings and helped them buy houses.
Unfortunately, the former accountant then watched helplessly as long-standing relationships disintegrated. Plans that were widely publicised at the time, including expanding the New Age bookshop, failed spectacularly. He was said to like pizza, so he bought a pizza franchise that would deliver to his sprawling estate. He liked music, so he established a record label.
He was also said to be a High Priest of the Wiccan faith, so he invested in a New Age learning centre and announced plans to open a spirituality centre. He also received thousands of solicitations following his huge Maryland Mega Millions windfall. "My favourite came from the person who wrote $34,000 in the subject line, and then included just their name and address," he told the press. "That was it. No explanation, no story. Just $34,000."
Bernadette Gietka: Maryland Mega Millions
Bernadette Gietka won $180 million in the Maryland Mega Millions lottery on 20th June 2003.
Aspiring playwright Bernadette, and her mother Catherine, were members of the Holy Rosary Parish in Baltimore, and they handed out $10,000 cheques from Mary's Fund Foundation, which they founded with funds from the Maryland Mega Millions win. Known as “Bernie” to friends, she was an accomplished pianist, devoted Christian and extremely private. Bernadette sadly died suddenly on 10th August 2014 in Phoenix, Maryland, aged 65.
Lottery24.com has many more detailed winners’ stories to read from a variety of lotteries.
Maryland lottery prizes over $5,000 have the following taxes withheld:
• 25.0% federal tax
• 8.75% state tax for Maryland residents
• 7.0% state tax for non-Maryland residents
Maryland’s State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency was established as the State Lottery Agency by constitutional amendment in 1972 (Chapter 365, Acts of 1972, ratified on 7th November 1972) by a margin of five to one in some counties. The Agency began operation on 2nd January 1973 and in October 2012, it reformed under its present name with added responsibilities for gaming, especially table games.
When the Maryland Lottery opened its doors for the very first time, it had 94 employees, 3,800 sales agents to sell tickets and 51 banks to distribute tickets to agents and handle deposits.
"40 Years/40 Stories" was an exhibition held at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Maryland Lottery.
"We spent almost a year doing research in preparation for the exhibit," said Carole Everett, Maryland Lottery Director of Communications. Debuting on 2nd March 2013, “40 Years/40 Stories” took visitors on a journey through time, from the initial lottery drawing in Hopkins Plaza to the historical press conference announcing the world-record Maryland Mega Millions jackpot ticket sold in the state.
There was also behind-the-scenes footage of the preparation that goes into today’s Maryland lottery draws.
In the 2014 financial year, Maryland’s General Fund and Education Trust Fund received more than $849.2 million which was generated from both traditional Maryland Lottery games and casino gaming.
This combined revenue was $19.7 million, or 2.4%, more than in 2013.
The Maryland Lottery has generated over $13.9 billion in revenue since it began, to support good causes in Maryland.
As well as pre-K—12 and higher education it also supports public health, public safety and the environment. The Maryland Lottery is the fourth largest contributor to the state after income, sales and corporate taxes.
The Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling, known as MARG, was established to promote and facilitate the coordination of resources to maximise public awareness of responsible gambling and the treatment and prevention of problem gambling.
MARG also operates voluntary exclusion schemes for people who wish to ban themselves from Maryland casinos or the Maryland Lottery.
In the 2013 financial year, total Maryland Lottery sales were $1.756 billion.
Maryland lottery retailers receive a 5.5% commission on sales and an additional 3% commission on anything cashed through their lottery terminal.
Prizes of $600 and less can be claimed through any lottery retailer. Winning tickets up to $5,000 can be redeemed at Agent Plus retail locations. Winning tickets of any amount can also be redeemed at the Maryland Lottery Claim Centre in Baltimore.
When retailers sell a jackpot winning ticket for certain games, they also have the chance to earn big bonuses when players win big. These can be up to $100,000.
In fiscal year 2013, total commission paid to Maryland Lottery retailers was $119.8 million.
Winners have 182 days from the date of the Maryland Lottery draw to claim their winnings.
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