Friday, May 17, 2013
Did you buy a powerball ticket?
It's the largest Powerball jackpot in history: $600 million, according to a Maryland Lottery spokesperson. And it's the second-largest of all the multi-state lotteries; the larget being last year's Mega Millions jackpot, which hit $656 million, according to a statement from Maryland Lottery spokesperson Erica Palmisano. One of those Mega Millions winners was in Maryland. The jackpot has "rolled," 13 times - that is, there hasn't been a winning number in the past 13 drawings. Until today, the highest Powerball jackpot had been $587 million in November 2012, according to Palmisano. Powerball has been in Maryland since 2010, according to Palmisano; there have been two Maryland winners since then. The drawing is scheduled for Saturday at 10:…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The prize is the third largest in American history, according to lottery officials.
Saturday's Powerball jackpot has become what will be the third-largest jackpot prize in American history. Due to strong sales, the jackpot for Saturday was raised from $475 million to $550 million, with a $350.1 million cash option. It is the second largest prize in Powerball's history. No ticket has had the winning numbers for the past 13 drawings—since early April, according to a Maryland Lottery press release. Maryland has had two winning Powerball tickets since the Maryland Lottery joined the game in 2010. One was a Pennsylvania couple who purchased a ticket in Elkton on Christmas Eve in 2011 that won them $128.8 million. That September, an Abingdon couple won $108.8 million, according to the release. Maryland's last jackpot win was in…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Mt. Airy purchase is worth $26 million.
You’ve got 182 days, whoever you are. That’s about six months to claim the $26 million Mega Millions jackpot. But do you really want to wait that long? According to the Maryland Lottery, the winning numbers (1, 15, 19, 30, 56 and Mega Ball 28) were purchased in Mt. Airy at the Shell Station at 649 Lakeview Drive. The winning ticket holder isn’t the only one who’s made a pretty penny – the retailer gets a $26,000 commission for selling that golden ticket. According to a statement released by the Maryland Lottery, the winner has to claim the prize in person at the Baltimore Claims Center and has to decide - $26 million paid over time or $19 million in cash. Choices, choices. The winner – or winners – will share the title of Maryland Mega …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Maryland Live! saw revenue decline slightly despite the first full month of 24-hour gambling.
Revenue at the Maryland Live! casino was essentially flat between December and January, despite the first full month of 24-hour operations. The casino pulled in $35,943,756.19 in January, a decline of just under $100,000 from December. Casino revenue across the state dropped by about $900,000, as the state’s three casinos brought in $44.3 million combined. Maryland Live! is by far the largest casino with 4,750 machines. The Hollywood Casino in Perryville pulled in $5,455,111 in January, down from $5,956,140 in December. The Casino at Oceans Downs collected $2,928,919.55, down from $3,335,925.98 Casino revenue generated $14.6 million for operators with the rest going to the state’s Education Trust Fund, local impact grants, and the horse …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The second-tier prize winner was purchased at a 7-11 on Washington Blvd.
A $250,000 winning ticket for Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing was sold at a North Laurel convenience store, according to a Maryland Lottery official. Spokeswoman Erica Palmisano said the ticket, which matched five of six numbers, was purchased from the 7-Eleven at 9651 Washington Blvd. As of 9 a.m., no one had reported to the lottery's claim center to redeem the ticket, she said. Mega Millions is a multi-jurisdictional game operating in 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Sign up for the Savage-Guilford Patch newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations.
Friday, October 5, 2012
All casinos in the state pulled in less money than they did in August, including Maryland Live!, which added hundreds of new machines.
Maryland's casino revenue fell as summer turned into fall, even as the state's largest gambling facility added new slot machines in September. The Maryland Lottery reported $42.9 million in casino revenue statewide, down from $44.6 million in August. At the Maryland Live! casino near Arundel Mills, revenues dropped slightly from $32.4 million in August, to $32.0 million in September. The drop comes even after the facility boosted the number of video gaming terminals from 3,710 to 4,750 on Sept. 12. But lottery officials said the figures at Maryland Live! should not be cause for alarm. "They already have a lot of capacity," Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino said. "Adding more [machines] was not necessarily going to add a lot of …
Monday, July 23, 2012
The Maryland Lottery reported its 15th consecutive year of sales growth, helped along by interest from March's $656 million jackpot.
Figures from fiscal year 2012 showed the 15th consecutive year of sales growth for the Maryland Lottery, despite greater competition from casinos and a dearth of new retail outlets. The lottery generated $1.795 billion in sales during fiscal year 2012, up $80.4 million from the year prior. Those sales translated into $556 million into Maryland’s general fund and $1.066 billion in prizes awarded to players. Interest in the Maryland Lottery was high earlier this year, when the jackpot for the national Mega Millions game reached a record $656 million in March. A Baltimore County resident purchased one of the winning tickets, resulting in heavy media coverage and sustained interest. “It did increase the notoriety of the lottery and put it …