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Maryland Lottery changing broadcast network

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The Maryland Lottery drawings will have a new home next month.

The state Board of Public Works today is expected to award WBAL TV a four year, $10 million broadcasting contract to televise the drawings. The Maryland Lottery has been on WJZ TV for the last 12 years.

WBAL TV will get about $2.5 million a year to show the drawings, up from the $1.4 million the state currently pays.

Lottery director Buddy Roogow says WBAL pledged to advertise the games more frequently and air drawings on the radio. The televised drawings will feature personalities from the company's radio stations.

The drawings will change stations on January 27th. The contract runs through at least 2010.

The general manager of WJZ TV — Jay Newman — says the station has enjoyed showing the drawings for the last 12 years and may try again in the future to work with the lottery.

AP

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Posted: December 20, 2006, 3:20 pm - IP Logged

I hope Maryland increases their lotto sales when it's home to a new network next month.

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    Posted: December 20, 2006, 5:04 pm - IP Logged

    Well, I hope WBAL does a better job with the Maryland drawings than their Hearst-Argyle sister station WCVB does with the Mass. drawings.

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      Posted: December 23, 2006, 12:22 am - IP Logged

      it's gonna be a tough call because the wheel of fortune is one during that time slot and they will be drawing the numbers during the last segment. people who watch the wheel of fortune will probably flip out if they cant see the ending of their show as they once did.

      i hope they figure a way to pull it off without upseting half they viewing arena.

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        Posted: December 23, 2006, 11:47 am - IP Logged

        four4me...what they will do is show the drawing during a commercial break.  They won't interupt regular programing.

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          Posted: December 23, 2006, 10:58 pm - IP Logged

          thats a tough call. the drawing takes place at exactly the same time as there last segment is running the show usually goes all the way up to exactly 7:58 Pm The bonus match 5 drawing takes place at exactly 7:55 and the pick 3/4 draws follow it after a breif comercial.

          The baltimorons will not like the lottery cutting into their show time.