The Maryland lottery is adding Sunday afternoon drawings for the first time in its 31-year history.
The added drawings, which begin this weekend, are expected to generate an additional $5 million to $8 million a year. Lottery drawings are currently held twice a day every day except Sunday.
Lottery director Buddy Roogow said the reason for a single nighttime drawing on Sunday is unclear. "Probably there was concern - 20-some-odd years ago - about Sunday being a religious day," Roogow said.
The afternoon Pick 3 and Pick 4 drawings will be held at 1:30 p.m. The drawings will not be televised because of the expense of buying airtime on Sunday afternoons, officials said.
Maryland now joins nine other states or jurisdictions that hold Sunday afternoon drawings, including the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Maryland lottery officials said. Virginia does not have Sunday drawings.