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.