Lotto jackpot at $20 million Brisk ticket sales expected as prize grows.

August 08, 1991|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,Evening Sun Staff

Get in line and dream.

That's what lottery players did today throughout Maryland as the Lotto jackpot for Saturday's drawing climbed to about $20 million -- the highest in the game's eight-year history.

Carroll Hynson, spokesman for the Maryland Lottery Agency, said queues began forming at 6 a.m. after no one won last night's $14 million Lotto prize.

"It's going to be a very interesting couple of days," said Hynson. "And if we don't get a winner Saturday, the jackpot for next Wednesday could go up to $25 million to $30 million."

If a single ticket correctly matches the six numbers drawn Saturday, the winner will receive 20 $1 million annual payments before taxes. The odds of that happening are 1 in 7 million.

Hynson said lottery sales outlets will stay open longer -- until 11 p.m. in many locations -- tonight and tomorrow to handle what is expected to be a "brisk" business.

Craig Button, owner of Button's Liquors in the Yorkridge Shopping Center in Lutherville, said he did five times his normal business yesterday "and I had people waiting for me to open at 8:30 this morning.

According to Hynson, bettors gambled away about $4.5 million in their attempt to land last night's $14 million jackpot.

L The winning numbers yesterday were 3, 11, 13, 19, 32 and 44.

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