Maryland may be 1st to hold fantasy sports referendum
Maryland would become the first state to let voters decide whether the popular but controversial phenomenon of Internet fantasy sports betting is fully legal, under a bill now pending in the legislature.
But if the House of Delegates decides not to put the matter to referendum or if the referendum happens and voters say no another pending bill would explicitly ban the practice, which has been debated all over the country. Nearly 30 legislatures are considering proposals to regulate, ban or af ...
Mar 25, 2016, 4:06 pm - Lottery News forum
More state lotteries adding "win for life" games
More than half of US lotteries now offer a for life lotto draw game
By Todd Northrop
In the past year a new multi-state lottery game concept where the top prize pays out over the lifetime of the winner has swept across the United States.
Just like there are two big-jackpot multi-state lottery games Powerball and Mega Millions there are also two multi-state for life games: Cash4Life and Lucky for Life.
The games offer a top prize and a second prize that pay off over the lifetime of th ...
Jan 22, 2016, 6:45 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland's No. 1 lottery retailer revealed
The regulars at the Soda Pop Shop Mart had heard the story before how Bill Jenkins accidentally played the same set of Keno numbers twice in 2012, leaving him with two $10,000 winning tickets instead of one.
So there were knowing smiles inside the Catonsville convenience store last week as the retired truck driver recounted how the terminal initially seemed to reject the first $10 ticket, prompting him to select the eight charmed numbers again.
And he ain't won $15 since! another player s ...
Sep 8, 2015, 7:27 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland Lottery to join Cash4Life game in early 2016
Includes audio report
Maryland gambling officials issued their approval Thursday for the state to join the multi-state Cash4Life game starting in early 2016.
Cash4Life, which started in 2014 as a two-state game played in New Jersey and New York, has been popular with players and is steadily adding new member states. In addition to the original two states, the game currently is offered in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Our expectation is to join them probably in January or February, said Go ...
Aug 28, 2015, 8:35 am - Lottery News forum
Director of DC Lottery dies after suffering an aneurysm
Buddy Roogow, the director of the DC Lottery since 2009, died Saturday after suffering an aneurysm. He was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Roogow was 65.
It is with great sadness that I announce that Buddy Roogow, director of the DC Lottery since 2009, passed away on Saturday morning, April 11, after spending Friday evening with family and friends. He was 65 years old. Buddy loved what he did and he was the Lottery's foremost champion. He was a consummate professional, dedicat ...
Apr 12, 2015, 8:56 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland's lottery director resigns
Stephen Martino, the director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, is leaving his job later this month to become a partner at a private law firm in Baltimore.
In a letter sent to his staff Tuesday morning, Martino wrote that he informed Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's office yesterday that he is resigning his position and that his last day in office will be March 27.
Martino was appointed as director of the agency in 2010 by then governor, Martin O'Malley.
Governor Hogan ...
Mar 11, 2015, 9:05 am - Lottery News forum
Baltimore truck driver wins lottery second time
This guy should just quit his job and move to Vegas.
An unidentified 39-year-old truck driver won a large Maryland Lottery jackpot last week for the second time.
The lucky Parkville, Maryland, resident came to Lottery headquarters Saturday to claim his $2.85 million Multi-Match prize and took the cash option, which totaled more than $2.2 million, the Lottery said in a release.
I was here in 2005 when I won a $250,000 second-tier Mega Millions prize, he told Lottery officials. It's grea ...
Dec 30, 2014, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland lottery players winning big with Pick 4
Gamblers in Maryland are getting lucky, and that's bad news for the state lottery.
The Maryland Lottery is losing more money than it expected to on its Pick 4 game, said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. The lottery's revenue is down through the first month of this fiscal year largely because of winnings it's paying out to Pick 4 players. Pick 4 sales are up and players are winning more often than usual.
Our Pick 4 is killing us, Martino said at ...
Aug 17, 2014, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland Mega Millions jackpot winner claims prize
Winner chose to remain anonymous
Lucky retailer earned $100,000 bonus
The second-largest Mega Millions jackpot prize in Maryland history was quietly claimed late last week.
The lucky Marylander bought one of the two winning tickets in the March 18 drawing for the $414 million Mega Millions jackpot. A Florida couple last week claimed the second ticket, which was sold in their state. (See Florida couple, nearly penniless, claim half of $414M lottery jackpot, Lottery Post, May 1, 2014.)
May 6, 2014, 11:15 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland $189M Mega Millions winner claims prize
Chooses to remain anonymous
The winner of Maryland's $189 million Mega Millions jackpot is no longer a mystery, although their identity remains so.
The Maryland Lottery announced Friday that the winner has come forward and has chosen to remain anonymous. He hid his ticket in an unplugged lamp for over a week until driving through pouring rain Friday to claim his prize at Lottery headquarters on Friday.
The Anne Arundel County man won the second largest jackpot in Maryland's history, off ...
Oct 11, 2013, 2:05 pm - Lottery News forum