States go all in, expand gaming to plug the budget
Faced with a drop in gambling revenue, states are adding games, considering new casinos and increasing lottery options anything to keep their cut of the profits rolling in.
States are adamant that they don't want to take advantage of anyone, but with budgets in free-fall and tax increases a losing hand politically, lawmakers acknowledge they are dependent on gambling dollars.
At least 18 states this year are looking to expand games of chance because of a drop-off of anywhere from 5 to 14 p ...
Mar 15, 2010, 9:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Man retrieves $250K lottery ticket from trash
A Maryland man threw away a $250,000 Mega Millions ticket before realizing his mistake and finding it after a 90-minute search.
The 49-year-old man, whose name wasn't released by Maryland Lottery officials, bought several tickets for the March 9 drawing. After checking them and thinking none was a winner, he threw them out.
A Maryland Lottery employee told the winner's brother that a $250,000 winning ticket had been sold at the store Barnabas Liquors in Temple Hills.
I immediately got ...
Mar 15, 2010, 6:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner lost money after investing funds
A Towson University student who hit it big on a Maryland Lottery scratch-off ticket said he's found out that a seven-figure prize is not necessarily a ticket to early retirement.
In many ways, Louis Jay's apartment is your typical college bachelor pad, but upon closer inspection, 11 News reporter Kerry Cavanaugh said the 21-year-old student has a state-of-the-art home theater system and stocks only top-shelf alcohol. She said he spends hours online tracking the stock market.
Jan 22, 2010, 8:56 am - Lottery News forum
Md. man claims $250K prize 1 day before deadline
An Elkton, Maryland, man claimed a $250,000 Mega Millions prize with one day left before he missed the deadline.
The 52-year-old man, whose name wasn't released by Maryland Lottery officials last week, was preparing to pay his truck insurance Dec. 18 when he happened upon the ticket that was bought in June.
It's up for renewal every six months, the winner said of his insurance. I was putting the insurance papers in my console, and that's when I saw the Mega Millions ticket.
After find ...
Dec 28, 2009, 9:54 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland Lottery interim director named
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's office has named Gina Smith as the Maryland State Lottery's Interim Director after the departure of Director Buddy Roogow on November 30th.
Roogow, who served as Maryland Lottery Director for 13 years, announced his resignation in early November after accepting the position of Director of the Washington, D.C. Lottery.
Ms. Smith, who has 20 years of State service, has been with the Maryland Lottery for nine years as its Chief Financial Officer. Prior to her L ...
Dec 9, 2009, 4:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Maryland Lottery director hired by D.C. Lottery
Roogow has been Md. director for 12 years
WBAL Radio has learned that Buddy Roogow is leaving the Maryland Lottery. He has accepted the post of Executive Director of the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games.
David Umanski in the office of the CFO for the D.C. Lottery tells WBAL Radio that after a nationwide search, Roogow was the superior candidate for the post.
Roogow will remain as Director of the Maryland Lottery through the end of November and begin his new job in D.C. in early Decembe ...
Oct 27, 2009, 9:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Powerball coming to Maryland, Massachusetts
According to local media reports, Powerball lottery tickets will soon be sold in Maryland and Massachusetts. Other Mega Millions states are sure to follow.
Maryland Lottery Director Buddy Roogow expects the sales to begin in the next four or five months. The decision is a result of lots of negotiations between officials in the states that operate Mega Millions and Powerball over the last seveal months.
Roogow says an official announcement is likely to come in the next few days. He says sal ...
Oct 12, 2009, 6:36 am - Lottery News forum
Record Maryland Lottery Multi-Match jackpot won
There was one big winner in Saturday night's Multi-Match drawing from the Maryland Lottery, ending the months-long jackpot-roll that grew to a record-breaking $4.8 million top prize.
The winner, yet to be identified, purchased the ticket at Pop's Tavern in Sparrows Point during a busy Friday sales day. The player utilized the Quick-Pick option, which automatically generates randomly-chosen numbers.
Debbie Hurd, part-owner of Pop's Tavern, was working when the winning ticket was purchased. ...
Sep 22, 2009, 7:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Maryland Lottery's Green Ball promotion adds bonus drawings
The Maryland Lottery's Green Ball Double Draw promotion was triggered three times this past weekend, paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra prize money to players of the Pick 3 game.
The green ball appeared during Saturday's midday drawing and during both the midday and evening drawing on Sunday, paying out an additional $310,595 in winnings for Pick 3 players.
Since the promotion's start on July 20, seven green balls have been drawn, resulting in $730,800 in additional Pick ...
Aug 4, 2009, 4:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Maryland lottery winner: 'My hands are still shaking'
Includes video report
William Morris, Jr. walked into the Fruitland Exxon one July morning with just $10 in his pocket. He walked out with a $50,000 winning scratch-off. I hesitated to buy the ticket. It was the funniest feeling going in with all I had.
The 54-year-old from Salisbury said he plays scratch-offs every chance he gets. He came to Lottery Headquarters Monday afternoon, still shaking. I am still jittery, he said. I've worked for many years and have never seen a check like that! ...
Jul 31, 2009, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum