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Maryland Lottery sales top $1.5 billion for first time

Maryland LotteryMaryland Lottery: Maryland Lottery sales top $1.5 billion for first time

5% increase means more than $501 million for state

Maryland Lottery sales topped $1.5 billion for the first time in the fiscal year that ended in June, a jump of more than 5 percent from the year before, lottery director Buddy Roogow said yesterday.

More than $501 million in revenue is headed to the state's coffers, exceeding budget estimates by $10 million, Roogow said. Most is earmarked for the general fund, but more than $20 million will go toward the stadium fund. The lottery is the state's third-largest revenue source.

State revenue, player prizes and payouts to retailers all increased by about 5 percent from last year's figures, Roogow said. Players took home more than $900 million in prizes.

"We have been growing fairly consistently in the past eight or nine years," Roogow said, noting that lottery sales have increased every year for the past nine years. But the lottery does not always exceed budget estimates.

Roogow attributed the strong sales to attractive scratch-off cards and more second-chance prizes. Keno and scratch-offs continued to be the lottery's top revenue sources, each bringing in more than $100 million more than Pick 3, the third-most-popular game.

Several jackpots in the hundreds of millions of dollars in the fall and winter led to a sharp increase in sales of the multistate Mega Millions game, Roogow said. "That game is captive to the jackpot," he said.

Last week, after months of sporadic lottery outages, the state introduced a satellite system, which officials say will be more reliable and cost-effective. Scientific Games Inc., a private contractor, bought satellites and new terminals for 95 percent of the state's lottery retailers. The remaining retailers, which are prevented from using satellites for a variety of reasons, will have wireless or DSL connections provided by the company, Roogow said.

In the previous fiscal year, the state paid $4.5 million to Verizon for system connections and about $10 million to Scientific Games to manage games. Under the terms of the new contract, the state would pay about $14 million to Scientific Games for the same number of sales.

In an effort to improve sales, the state designed new Keno screens, frequently introduces several new scratch-off cards and recently revamped Lotto, long the laggard among lottery games.

In February, lottery officials revamped Lotto, creating more chances to win smaller prizes, and called it Multi-Match. Yet, combined sales for Lotto and Multi-Match were less than 10 percent of Keno sales for the fiscal year.

Baltimore Sun

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June 2, 2005
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Posted: July 18, 2006, 11:53 am - IP Logged

I hope Maryland keeps it up with their revenue.

    TheGameGrl's avatar - character catafly.jpg
    A long and winding road
    United States
    Member #17084
    June 10, 2005
    4525 Posts
    Posted: July 18, 2006, 10:27 pm - IP Logged

    Since most of it never gets to the players I can see why they topped the margin. The payouts are miniscule.

    wake up Maryland Lottery and start appreciating your players who fund your state run projects!

    ~~Is it true, Is it kind,Is it necessary. ~~~

     Thanks be to the giving numbers: 1621,912,119 02014

      Litebets27's avatar - power
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      Member #10465
      January 14, 2005
      6065 Posts
      Posted: July 27, 2006, 9:53 pm - IP Logged

      The new keno board is ugly. It's hard to keep up with. The colors are so bold it's like looking at abstract art. The payout is worse. I bet the next fiscal year will top 1.5 billion if Marylander don't stop giving their money away. This game is so fixed. We are all making somebody rich. And it "ain't"us, (your ordinary keno player).

      I think I'll step back and re-examine my playing habits with the Maryland State Lottery. It gets quit boring when all you do is lose.


      Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

      Come on Jackpot!!!

        mrmst's avatar - disney14
        Glen Burnie, MD
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        Member #427
        June 27, 2002
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        Posted: July 31, 2006, 10:58 am - IP Logged

        I've noticed the new Keno game displays as well.  In some ways I like them, they are easier to see farther away from the montiors.  But yes the colors are kinda loud.  My buddy and I use to play Keno several times a week and we gave it up for 2006.  We still watch, just don't spend the money to play.  Since we each had a set of numbers we always played, we've been watching and there has only been one occassion out of the last 7 months where we would have walked away a winner for the day - we are so much better off not playing - the payouts are terrible.


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