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December 27, 1992
Thousands of prospective millionaires lined up to buy their chance at last night's $10 million El Gordo fortune, but in the end, only one will lay claim to the big money.His or her number: 2185023.In addition, contestants with ticket numbers 960207 and 129845 will be able each to claim $1 million as the result of last night's drawing. Smaller winnings were gleaned by those with tickets bearing the five-digit number, 83314; the four-digit, 3171; the three-digit, 652; and the two-digit, 65.Since Thursday, about 400,000 of the $5 tickets were sold, bringing the total to nearly 2.2 million tickets sold, lottery officials said.
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By DAN THANH DANG | February 27, 2007
Dear readers, this will be my last column. I have enjoyed my time with you, but I must go. Yes, I've had buckets of fun as we've swapped stories about soul-sucking encounters with customer service reps. We've gleefully high-fived each other by telephone and in cyberspace for our small consumer victories. We've even given thanks together for all the businesses that helped us right so many wrongs. I'll always cherish those moments. But now a new life beckons, thanks to a wonderfully surprising windfall that has fallen into my lap. Woo Hoo!
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By Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,Staff Writer Staff writer Scott Shane contributed to this article | December 29, 1992
Santa and the sugarplums were great. But at Kent Narrows, the most spectacular fat guy of the season was el Gordo, who apparently left his $10 million Maryland State Lottery jackpot Saturday night with Bert Droter, 38-year-old co-owner of a local restaurant.Lottery officials couldn't confirm that Mr. Droter was the winner yesterday because no one had appeared at a lottery office with ticket No. 2185023 to claim the big prize.A man who answered Mr. Droter's phone in Queenstown said he wouldn't talk to reporters.
NEWS
By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Staff Writer | April 30, 1993
Despite the controversial addition of keno in January Maryland's lottery games are likely to generate $30 million to $50 million less for the state budget this year than officials had hoped.Keno revenues are off, lottery officials say, partly because bar owners and other retailers were reluctant to install the electronic numbers game until it was clear the legislature was not going to prohibit it.But there are other problems as well:* Keno appears to be stealing players -- and money -- from other more established daily lottery games, such as Pick 3 and Pick 4.* El Gordo, the jackpot game pushed just before Christmas, was such a loser that a second El Gordo game was canceled, a $16 million double whammy of lost revenue to the state.
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By John Steadman | December 28, 1992
All was in readiness for the grand celebration. Famil members and friends had been alerted to keep the date open on their social calendars. A formal invitation would be forthcoming. John "Boog" Powell had promised to make us rich. It wasn't something born of a dream since there were countless witnesses throughout Maryland to what he was saying.The only requirement was an investment in the Maryland Lottery, an intriguing game with an imaginative new twist called El Gordo. Powell made it sound automatic.
NEWS
By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,Staff Writer | December 25, 1992
Santa Claus has finished his seasonal duties, but the othe famous fat guy, el Gordo, still has a mountain of lottery tickets to move.Although ticket sales for the high-stakes el Gordo drawing have picked up in recent days, there is virtually no chance that all 5 million tickets will be sold by the cutoff at 7:50 p.m. Saturday. In fact, lottery officials were happy that they hit the 1.8 million mark yesterday, the break-even point for paying out the prize money."A sell-out would be wonderful, but we're just excited to be where we are right now," said Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Elyn Garrett-Jones.
BUSINESS
By Julius Westheimer | December 31, 1992
For the comparatively few el Gordo big winners last weekend, we offer investment advice below. But unlike thousands of disappointed el Gordo players, stock market investors yesterday were generally happy. Reversing Tuesday's sharp drop, the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 10 1/4 points, to close at 3,321.10, with broader indexes also moving higher.EL GORDO GUIDELINES: If you won any el Gordo prize, whether a small one or the $10 million grand prize, here are my recommendations:(1) Put some winnings in a safe place, like a short-term CD to come due just before tax time, to be used for federal and state income taxes.
NEWS
By James Bock and James Bock,Staff Writer | November 23, 1992
Here's the latest sales pitch for your holiday shopping dollar:Play "el Gordo" and win $10 million.The Maryland State Lottery will unveil today a monthlong game called "el Gordo." Patterned after a Spanish lottery, it is billed as the first of its kind in the U.S."El Gordo" -- literally, "the Fat One" -- has a $10 million jackpot and thousands of other prizes ranging from $25 to $1 million. The odds against winning range from 100 to 1 for the $25 prize to 5 million to 1 for the jackpot.Tickets will cost $5. Lottery officials hope they will be a popular stocking stuffer.
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By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,Staff Writer | November 28, 1992
The Fat One made a lot of Marylanders' wallets a little thinne yesterday.El Gordo, the lottery's latest gimmick for patching the state's budget by dangling the prospect of easy millions before its citizenry, got off to a brisk beginning. More than 190,000 of the 5 million, $5 tickets offered in the new game were sold by early evening on el Gordo's first day."I'll take a crack at it," said Jack Zimmerman, 62, plunking down his money at the Hollinsworth Shoe Center, a combination footwear store, check-cashing service and lottery outlet on West Patapsco Avenue in Baltimore.
NEWS
By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,Staff Writer | December 12, 1992
Could el Gordo turn into el Floppo?Ticket sales in the Maryland lottery's heavily advertised new game have dropped off sharply since el Gordo's debut Nov. 27, and at the current pace the month-long game could actually lose money for the state.But lottery officials say they are confident a pre-Christmas rush will boost sales sharply and produce the hefty contribution they have promised to patch the ailing state budget.certainly would have hoped to sell out faster," said Martin R. Goldman, the lottery's deputy director of marketing."
NEWS
By BARRY RASCOVAR | January 17, 1993
This state is sure getting a good reputation around the nation. Look at what syndicated columnist William Safire wrote last week in the New York Times and in hundreds of other newspapers:"Here in the Democratic-dominated state of Maryland, Gov. William ('Bet While You Booze') Donald Schaefer has been visiting restaurants with bars to tout his solution to budget-balancing: keno, a numbers game under state auspices that entices patrons to stare at a television screen above the bar and try their luck."
NEWS
By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,Staff Writer | January 16, 1993
The Maryland Lottery's el Gordo game cost about $2.5 million more in promotion and prizes than it took in during its much-advertised run last month. Yet lottery officials cheerily announced a few days ago that the game had contributed $73,626 to the state budget.Financial wizardry? Christmas miracle?Not quite. The secret to this mathematical puzzle is the agency's unclaimed prize fund, the accumulated millions from all the winning lottery tickets that fall behind the radiator or lie forgotten in a raincoat pocket.
NEWS
By PEG ADAMARCZYK | January 8, 1993
The Christmas decorations are down . . . well, almost. And greetings have arrived from the tax man.Meanwhile, I'm deep in thought, dreaming of how life will change after Ed McMahon picks my entry over those of billions of other hopefuls in a few short weeks. Well you have to a dream, right?El Gordo was a bust and Keno seems to move too fast for me. a lot safer with good old Ed. At least if I don't win, I'll have a magazine to curl up and dream with.*Experience an evening of poignant drama balanced with comedy when Chesapeake High School Drama Club presents its winter production, "An Evening of One-Act Plays," in the school auditorium tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. .Four presentations, under the direction of Kathy McBee, will share the bill.
NEWS
By C. Bruce Revel | January 6, 1993
DO Maryland state government officials have a new mott that paraphrases Will Rogers' famous line, "I never met a lottery game I didn't like!"?After the endless parade of lottery games -- pick 3, pick 4, pick 5, lotto, various instant games and the failed "el gordo" -- now we have keno. This latest food for Marylanders' seemingly insatiable gambling hunger was rammed through the state Board of Public Works on Dec. 2. While most of us were busy doing our Christmas shopping, the state was installing keno equipment at 600 bars and other locations around the state.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | January 5, 1993
Keno is the biggest thing to hit Maryland since El Gordo.Hold the euphoria. Russia and the U.S. just agreed to make Ukraine the world's greatest nuclear power.Those freshmen members of Congress who vowed to end the death-grip of seniority have been assigned maiden speeches in 1995.The trick is not to lure the Somali warlords to Ethiopia but to keep them there.Cheer up. There's a new "Star Trek" series.
NEWS
January 4, 1993
Add state Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein to the growing list o critics who are lining up in opposition to keno, the new gambling game that began today at 600 locations in Maryland. And 1st District Rep. Wayne Gilchrest. And the Talbot County Council. It's the wrong way to raise public revenue, they all agree.Keno is a fast-paced, highly addictive form of electronic gambling. The state features a new drawing every five minutes, from 6 o'clock in the morning till midnight. Two hundred sixteen drawings a day. In bars, restaurants, pizza joints and bowling alleys.
NEWS
By PEG ADAMARCZYK | January 8, 1993
The Christmas decorations are down . . . well, almost. And greetings have arrived from the tax man.Meanwhile, I'm deep in thought, dreaming of how life will change after Ed McMahon picks my entry over those of billions of other hopefuls in a few short weeks. Well you have to a dream, right?El Gordo was a bust and Keno seems to move too fast for me. a lot safer with good old Ed. At least if I don't win, I'll have a magazine to curl up and dream with.*Experience an evening of poignant drama balanced with comedy when Chesapeake High School Drama Club presents its winter production, "An Evening of One-Act Plays," in the school auditorium tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. .Four presentations, under the direction of Kathy McBee, will share the bill.
NEWS
By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,Staff Writer | January 16, 1993
The Maryland Lottery's el Gordo game cost about $2.5 million more in promotion and prizes than it took in during its much-advertised run last month. Yet lottery officials cheerily announced a few days ago that the game had contributed $73,626 to the state budget.Financial wizardry? Christmas miracle?Not quite. The secret to this mathematical puzzle is the agency's unclaimed prize fund, the accumulated millions from all the winning lottery tickets that fall behind the radiator or lie forgotten in a raincoat pocket.
NEWS
By BARRY RASCOVAR | January 3, 1993
Crystal-ball forecasting is an inexact science. Especially when it involves Maryland politicos. Rather than go too far out on a limb, here is a six-month pack of predictions:Jan. 4 -- Club Keno arrives. William Donald Schaefer buys first ticket. He wins $20,000. He orders a doubling of keno locations and doubles GTECH's $49 million contract for keno terminals.Attorney General J. Joseph Curran says GTECH qualifies for an "emergency, sole-source" contract. It's legal, he says, but not ethical.
BUSINESS
By Julius Westheimer | December 31, 1992
For the comparatively few el Gordo big winners last weekend, we offer investment advice below. But unlike thousands of disappointed el Gordo players, stock market investors yesterday were generally happy. Reversing Tuesday's sharp drop, the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 10 1/4 points, to close at 3,321.10, with broader indexes also moving higher.EL GORDO GUIDELINES: If you won any el Gordo prize, whether a small one or the $10 million grand prize, here are my recommendations:(1) Put some winnings in a safe place, like a short-term CD to come due just before tax time, to be used for federal and state income taxes.
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