Contrary to the belief of many Lotto players in Baltimore, city residents aren't shut out when it comes to winning Maryland's multimillion-dollar Lotto giveaway game.
The state Lottery Agency said yesterday that Baltimore residents have won more Lotto jackpots than any other political subdivision -- 82 out of 436 winners since the game began in November 1983.
If anyone has a right to feel excluded, it would be players in Dorchester and Kent counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore. They haven't had a Lotto jackpot winner since the game was launched.
Players who correctly guess all six numbers drawn each Saturday night win 20-year Lotto annuities. The annuities have been worth $1 million to $15 million, depending on weekly ticket sales and special promotions, but they are sometimes split among multiple winners.
The city is followed in the jackpot statistics by Prince George's County, which has had 56 winners; Montgomery (49); and Baltimore County (47).
Virginia residents have won the fifth-highest number of Maryland Lotto jackpots, with 39, followed by Anne Arundel County (32); District of Columbia (25); Allegany County (18); Harford (12); and Carroll (11).
Howard County residents have won eight jackpots, followed by Florida (7); Calvert and Frederick counties (6 each); Delaware (4); Charles, Garrett and St. Mary's counties; Iowa, North Carolina and West Virginia (3 each).
Cecil, Talbot and Washington county residents have won two jackpots each. There has been one Maryland Lotto jackpot winner each in Caroline, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties, and in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Portugal.
In other lottery trivia, the Lottery Agency has released its latest list of Pick 3 "virgin" numbers -- numbers that haven't "hit" since the game started more than 14 years ago.
The are 12 of them left now, from the 1,000 possible "straight" numbers in the three-digit game. They are: 001, 074, 095, 121, 145, 259, 334, 368, 686, 720, 744 and 803.