The Maryland Lottery belongs to the state of Maryland, the United States of America, and is an independent agency of the Government of Maryland. The Maryland Lottery was established in 1973. The popular lottery games conducted by the Maryland Lottery are Mega Millions, Powerball, Keno, Bonus Match 5, Multi-Match, and many other, scratch off tickets at varied prices. The Headquarters of the Maryland Lottery are located in Washington Boulevard, Montgomery Business Park, Baltimore, Maryland, the United States. The Maryland Lottery also conducts video lotteries and a person should be at least 21 years of age to be able to purchase the video lottery tickets and play the games. To play for the Maryland Lottery in general, the person or the player should be at least 18 years of age.
The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency is constantly supported and advised by the advisory Board, The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission is operated by seven important people who are appointed by the Governor of Maryland who in turn is advised by the Senate to appoint them. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission is not only responsible for the games that the Lottery conducts every day but also for the video lottery terminals in the state of Maryland.
The major people who help operate The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission are Gordon Medenica who is the Director of Maryland Lottery, Gina Smith who is the Deputy Director and the Chief Finance Officer of the Maryland Lottery, Jackie Vincent who is the Director of Gaming Research and Chief of Staff, Robert T. Fontaine who is the Principal Counsel, Charles LaBoy who is the Assistant Director for Gaming, John Martin who is the Assistant Director for Lottery, and John Mooney who is the Assistant Director for Enforcement.
The products sold by the Maryland Lottery are:
- Pick 3
- Pick 4
- Scratch off tickets
- 5 Card Cash
- Bonus Match 5
- Mega Millions
- Video Lottery Terminals
The Maryland Lottery generates revenue in order to help the state of Maryland in fields such as education, health, human resources and the environment. Ever since the foundation of the Maryland Lottery the organization has given away $14.4 billion of their generated revenue to the state of Maryland in order to improve the standards of the fields mentioned above. The players who have won the games in the Maryland Lottery have won more than $22.2 billion ever since the inception of the Lottery!
Maryland Lottery Mission
The Maryland Lottery generates funds in order to support education, health, human resources and the environment in the state of Maryland. The Maryland Lottery pledges to provide quality service to all their customers, players, and stakeholders. The Maryland Lottery is known to be very friendly and extremely courteous to all those who come to them needing support and compassion. The Maryland Lottery generally approaches people with a positive attitude. The Maryland Lottery is also very timely in their responses and is very customer friendly. The lottery takes initiatives, is proactive at all costs and is very good at anticipating the customer’s needs as well as understanding the customer. The Maryland Lottery also pledges to be consistent and accurate. It is very good and accurate at interpreting their state policies and working towards the benefits of the state of Maryland. The Maryland Lottery is also extremely convenient as in it simplifies and improves its information for people to easily access. The Maryland Lottery believes in integrity, honesty, clarity and trust. It works to maintain the trust it has established with its people and remains consistent in doing so.
The Maryland Lottery Games
The Maryland Lottery conducts many games for the people of Maryland to test their luck and win a jackpot. These games are, Pick 3, Pick 4, Scratch off tickets, Keno, Racetrax, 5 Card Cash, Bonus Match 5, Mega Millions, Cash4Life, Multi-Match, Powerball, and Video Lottery Terminals. Some of these games are played or drawn daily while some are played just twice a day. Hence, these games are divided into Daily Games and Jackpot games. The Daily Games are; Pick 3, Pick 4, and 5 Card Cash while the Jackpot Games are Mega Millions, Powerball, Multi-Match, and Cash4Life.
Drawings and Timings
For Daily Games: Pick 3 is a Daily game that is played both in the afternoon and the evening. For the midday draw, the timings are 12:27 from Monday to Friday and 12:28 for Saturday and Sunday. Pick 4 is a Daily game that is played both in the afternoon and the evening. For the midday draw, the timings are 12:27 from Monday to Friday and 12:28 for Saturday and Sunday. Pick 3 evening drawing is done at 7:56 pm Monday to Saturday and between 8:22 to 8:30 pm on Sundays. Pick 4 evening drawing is done at 7:56 pm Monday to Saturday and between 8:22 to 8:30 pm on Sundays. 5 Card Cash is a Daily game that is played in the evening. 5 Card Cash evening drawing is done at 7:56 pm Monday to Saturday and between 8:22 to 8:30 pm on Sundays.
For Other Games: Multi-Match is a game played weekly twice on the Maryland Lottery and is drawn on drawn on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:22 pm. Mega Millions is a game played weekly twice on the Maryland Lottery and is drawn on drawn on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:22 pm. Cash4Life is a game played weekly twice on the Maryland Lottery and is drawn on drawn on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:22 pm. Powerball is a game played weekly twice on the Maryland Lottery and is drawn on drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:22 pm.
In order to check if he or she won the lottery or not, the player can visit the official website of the Maryland Lottery and click on Winning Numbers. Under this, all the games that are conducted by the Maryland Lottery are displayed and the player can simply choose one of the options to see if his or her numbers match the winning numbers or not. Winning numbers can also be found out via text messages.
A player should wait at least 15 business days before going ahead to claim his or her prize money from the Maryland Lottery. This is in the case of those tickets that value higher than $25,000 prize money. Depending on the prize that the player won, he or she can claim the same by following the instructions. If a player has won a prize money of up to $600, then he or she can redeem the same at one of the many Maryland Lottery Retailers. If a player has won a prize money of up to $5,000, then he or she can redeem the same at the Maryland Lottery XCAP Location. If a player has won a prize money of up to $25,000, then he or she can redeem the same at one of the two Maryland Lottery Customer Resource Centers. And all the players who have won prizes of over $25,000 may redeem their prize at the Maryland Lottery Customer Resource Center, located in Baltimore.
The player should provide proof that he or she is at least 18 years of age or above. For claiming the prize money he or she can carry some Identification proof and other important documents with him or her. He or she can show an original card signed by the Social Security Administration. He or she can show a health insurance card containing either the name or the social security number of the player. The player can even show his or her driver’s license which also usually contains the full name and the social security number of the player. The player can also show other ID cards like the Medicare card, a Military ID card, pay stub or a W-2 that has been issued to the player by his or her employer is also acceptable. Or he or she can also produce a 1099 form that has been issued by a financial institution or a bank. These proofs are required when the claimant of the prize is claiming a price ticket of $600 at one of the Maryland Lottery retailers.
Jackpot prizes are a different story altogether, they are usually paid to the customer or the winner in installments. For example, a Multi-Match winner will get his or her prize money in 25 annual installments. A Mega Millions winner will get his or her prize money immediate payment along with 29 annual installments. And since Powerball has the highest Jackpot, the amount will be paid in 30 installments over 29 years! All jackpot payments will be paid as an annuity. If not, the player can choose the ‘Cash’ option and this claim should be made within 60 days of the validation period of the ticket. The winner must keep in mind that the payment of the actual cash in Jackpot games will be lower than the number displayed on the game since some of the money will go as funds to support the missions led by the Maryland Lottery, some will be taken in as the revenue generated by the Maryland Lottery and some will go as a payment for the employees. So the jackpot prize will be slightly diminished.