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Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency
E-mail Address:
Phone: (410) 230-8800
Fax: (410) 230-8728
Population: 5,699,478
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division.
Director: Gordon Medenica
Year Lottery Founded: 1973
Sales FY 2014:
Sales FY 2015:
Sales FY 2015:
Sales Per Capita: $286
Number of Employees: 315
Number of Retailers: 4,539
On-line Vendor: Scientific Games
October 26, 2005 June 26, 2016
Number of Points of Sale (POS): 4,500
Instant Ticket Vendor: Pollard Banknote
Renewed on Sept 10, 2013
Secondary Contract - Scientific Games
July 6, 2006 June 30, 2013
Instant Ticket Vending Machines Contract: Gtech - Five-year contract, which also includes five one-year extension options, is expected to commence in November 2008.
Advertising: GKV Communications
August 1, 2007 July 31, 2013
Number of ITVMs: 1,000 (GTECH)
Games Offered: Instant games, 3-digit game, 4-digit game, Keno, Lotto, Mega Millions and Bonus Match 5.
Beneficiaries: State's General Fund
Jurisdiction: District of Maryland

Background Information

Maryland voters overwhelmingly approved a state lottery in 1972, by a margin of five to one in some counties. Sales for the Maryland Lottery’s first weekly passive game began on May 15, 1973.
The Lottery’s first numbers game was Pick 3, which launched on July 29, 1976. It wasn’t until 1983 that another draw game, Pick 4, was introduced. Also in 1983, Maryland began Lotto at the price of two draws for $1. Keno has been an important game for the Maryland Lottery since its launch in 1996, and the monitor game was joined by Racetrax in 2007. These games all remain part of the Maryland Lottery’s lineup of draw games, which also includes Multi-Match, Bonus Match 5, Powerball and Mega Millions. Maryland was a founding member of the last-named multistate game, which launched as The Big Game in 1996.
Maryland has a unique history in the instant ticket arena. Its first scratch ticket was released in 1976, but these games weren’t offered regularly until 1986, and in fact there were no instant games at all in the early 1980s.
A new era for Maryland began in 2008 when voters approved video lottery terminals at certain locations around the state. The first casino with the gaming machines, Hollywood Casino Perryville, opened in September 2010. Three are currently operating, the largest of which, Maryland Live!, opened in June 2012.
Most lottery revenues are deposited into the state’s General Fund to support such services and programs as education, public health, human resources, public safety and much more, all of which greatly benefit the citizens of Maryland. Historically, a portion of Lottery proceeds were earmarked for the Maryland Stadium Authority; currently, Mega Millions revenues provide this funding.

News Archive
August 3, 2021 Maryland Lottery Awards Pollard Banknote New Primary Contract for Instant Ticket Games
June 30, 2021 Governor Hogan Names New Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director, Appointees to Sports Wagering Application Review Commission
June 11, 2021 Maryland Lottery’s “Contestant of the Game” Promotion Hits a Home Run with Fans
April 15, 2021 Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica to Retire
Sept 1, 2020 Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica to Receive Top Industry Honor
August 25, 2020 Maryland Lottery and Casinos Contribute $1.113 Billion to the State
July 25, 2020 Maryland Lottery Sales Up More Than 20 Percent Despite Coronavirus
July 25, 2020 The Maryland Lottery’s “Contestant of the Game” Promotion is Back
July 20, 2020 Maryland Lottery Introduces New Ravens-themed Scratch-offs
June 5, 2020 Casino Revenues, Contributions to the State Down More Than 20% Compared to Last Year
December 10, 2019 Maryland Lottery’s Player Loyalty Program Adds Coupon Rewards
August 9, 2019 Maryland Lottery, Casinos Establish New Records in 2019
March 4, 2019 Local and Out-of-State Firm Selected to Share $115.5 Million Maryland Lottery Contract
January 9, 2018 Maryland Lottery Receives Responsible Gambling Certification

News Archive for CY2018
September 10, 2018 Maryland Lottery Uses Automated Sorter to Expedite Shipments of Scratch-Off Tickets
August 23, 2018 Maryland Lottery and Gaming Marketing Chief Returns to Agency
August 8, 2018 Maryland Lottery and Casinos Break All-Time Records in Fiscal Year 2018
March 28, 2018 Worldwide Lottery Sales Top US$304 Billion

News Archive for CY2017
December 6, 2017 Maryland Lottery Director to Lead Mega Millions Consortium
September 26, 2017 Maryland Lottery and Gaming Hires New Managing Director
February 20, 2017 Senate Panel Approves Appointee to Head Maryland Lottery
August 22, 2017 Maryland Lottery Sales Rank 9th in the Nation
August 4, 2017 Gordon Medenica: Maryland Lottery Director
February 27, 2017 Maryland Senate Confirms Lottery Director in 27-17 Vote

News Archive for CY2016
December 17, 2016 Maryland's Love Affair with the Lottery at an All-Time High
December 14, 2016 Maryland Lottery Sales Rose 6.8 Percent in November, Aided by Large Powerball Jackpots
November 17, 2016 Maryland Lottery to Offer $30 Scratch-Off Tickets
October 27, 2016 September was 'Challenging' Month for State Lottery
October 13, 2016 Maryland Lottery’s Successful $10 Instant Ticket Shines With Pollard Banknote’s Innovative Scratch FX®
October 4, 2016 IGT File Second Protest in Respect of Maryland Lottery Contract
September 28, 2016 Lottery Director Defends Choosing Contract with Highest Cost
September 18, 2016 Losing MD Lottery Bidder Protests "Materially Flawed Evaluation"
September 16, 2016 Maryland Lottery Celebrates State Pride with New Scratch-Off Ticket
August 31, 2016 Maryland Lottery Treats Some Lucky Ravens Fans
August 10, 2016 Maryland Lottery Sets All-Time Record for Sales and Profits
July 25, 2016 Packers, Wisconsin Lottery Announce New Scratch Tickets
July 12, 2016 Maryland Lottery Dedicates Buddy Roogow Winner’s Circle
July 10, 2016 Around $20 Million Lottery Prize Money Goes Unclaimed Every Year


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