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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
Joan Mainhart had wrapped up a moderately successful day playing the slots at Maryland Live - walking in with $100, stepping out with $150 - but standing outside the casino in the afternoon sun Friday she considered whether she would take a shot at a million-dollar jackpot for $500 a spin. The retired IRS paralegal from Linthicum thought a moment and came to a definite maybe: "Only if I hit the lottery, then I might splurge. " Otherwise, she said, "there's just no way. " From the regular folks like Mainhart who play the quarter and dollar machines to the high-rollers who think nothing of pumping a few grand into a slot machine, people will have their chance soon enough at the state's biggest slots jackpot as Maryland Live unveils a new $1 million machine at 11 p.m. Saturday.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
Joan Mainhart had wrapped up a moderately successful day playing the slots at Maryland Live - walking in with $100, stepping out with $150 - but standing outside the casino in the afternoon sun Friday she considered whether she would take a shot at a million-dollar jackpot for $500 a spin. The retired IRS paralegal from Linthicum thought a moment and came to a definite maybe: "Only if I hit the lottery, then I might splurge. " Otherwise, she said, "there's just no way. " From the regular folks like Mainhart who play the quarter and dollar machines to the high-rollers who think nothing of pumping a few grand into a slot machine, people will have their chance soon enough at the state's biggest slots jackpot as Maryland Live unveils a new $1 million machine at 11 p.m. Saturday.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2012
Are you rich beyond your wildest dreams? The winning numbers for the $640 million Mega Millions jackpot are: 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 and Mega Ball 23. If no winner is named, the jackpot will rise to $975 million, but lottery officials said they would know if someone had won before the night is through. All week, Baltimore has been abuzz about the record-breaking jackpot and on Friday the excitement peaked. On his way out the door at the 7-Eleven on W. 33 r d Street and Keswick Road on Friday, a man looked over his shoulder and told Sara Mathes that he'd wish her luck on Mega Millions, but, you know, "I want to win. " Mathes of Charles Village and her friend, Jessica Vezendy of Middletown, Del., were part of the frenzy across Maryland for a chance at the $640 million Mega Millions jackpot, which grew by $100 million since Thursday.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
The Orioles were without first- and second-round draft picks this year, but that didn't stop Gary Rajsich , the club's director of scouting, from being excited about his new crop of players, including the three pitchers he introduced to the media and fans Thursday before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards. "We're always looking for athletic throwers, guys that throw hard, guys that have good deliveries and good upside. And I think this year we came away with three really good ones," said Rajsich, who was in his third draft with the organization.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
Continuing a trend in recent years of massive jackpots, the Mega Millions lottery jackpot is nearing a $300 million payout for a drawing this week. Four times this year, the Powerball jackpot has passed the $300 million mark. Mega Millions has not had a jackpot reach more than $300 million yet this year, though the largest jackpot in U.S. history was in a Mega Millions drawing last year. That $656 million prize was split among winners in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois in March 2012.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
The Maryland winner of one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history has come forward but wishes to remain anonymous, Maryland Lottery officials said Tuesday. The winner bought one of two winning tickets in the March 18 drawing for a $414 million Mega Millions jackpot, the seventh largest jackpot in U.S. history and the third largest Mega Millions jackpot ever. The person claimed the ticket last week, lottery officials said, but their identity will not be revealed. Maryland is one of six states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2013
Wednesday's Powerball jackpot was raised to $425 million, Maryland lottery officials said Tuesday, which marks the fourth largest jackpot ever. The jackpot will have a $244.7 million cash option, and is not expected to go up again before the drawing. The pot will grow again if there is not a winner. The total marks the third largest Powerball jackpot, following the $587.5 million Powerball on Nov. 28, 2012. The highest Powerball jackpot was a $590.5 million Powerball in May. According to lottery officials, Maryland has had seven, $1 million Powerball winners in Maryland so far this year.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
Powerball players have a 1-in-175 million chance of winning the fifth largest lottery jackpot in history - a whopping $400 million - in the drawing Wednesday night. Massive lottery jackpots have become more common in recent years, perhaps a result of players waiting to buy a ticket when the jackpot is smaller. So far this year, a New Jersey resident netted a $338 million Powerball jackpot in March, a Florida woman won a $590 million Powerball jackpot in May, and three people in Minnesota and New Jersey split a $448 million Powerball jackpot in August.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2012
Saturday's Powerball jackpot has rolled up to $214 million after a $50 million Delaware winner in early October. The last Maryland winner of the Powerball jackpot was a Cecil county couple who won $128.8 million on Christmas eve. That was the second-largest winning ticket ever sold in the state, according to the lottery. The first Powerball win in Maryland was by an Abingdon couple in September, 2011. They claimed $108.8 million. The winners of all those big payouts have remained anonymous, according to the lottery website.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
The Maryland winner of one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history has come forward but wishes to remain anonymous, Maryland Lottery officials said Tuesday. The winner bought one of two winning tickets in the March 18 drawing for a $414 million Mega Millions jackpot, the seventh largest jackpot in U.S. history and the third largest Mega Millions jackpot ever. The person claimed the ticket last week, lottery officials said, but their identity will not be revealed. Maryland is one of six states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
A liquor store in La Plata will get $100,000 and Maryland will get more than $10.1 million in tax revenue, but as of Wednesday night the big winner - the person or persons holding a winning ticket in the $414 million Mega Millions lottery - was unknown. Lottery officials said one of two winning tickets in Tuesday's Mega Millions was sold at Lady's Liquors, on Crain Highway in La Plata. The second ticket was sold in Florida, and the two winners will split the prize. The cash option for the Maryland half of the jackpot is estimated at $76.4 million, after taxes.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
After weeks without a jackpot, the Mega Millions prize has once again climbed to more than $400 million. The cash option for the multi-state lottery is $224.8 million, according the Maryland Lottery. The game is played in 43 states including Maryland and Washington, D.C. In October, the lottery adjusted its rules, which has contributed to the larger jackpots. The lottery now pulls from a pool of 75 white balls and 15 yellow or mega balls. The change has allowed for more lower tiered winners, but has made the top prize even harder to come by. Several Marylanders have won $1 million prizes in recent months.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
If you purchased a Mega Millions lottery ticket in Essex for Tuesday night's drawing, you could be waking up a whole lot richer. A million dollar second-tier ticket was sold at 7-Eleven, at 25 Eastern Boulevard, according to a news release from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. As part of the win, the store will receive a $1,000 bonus as well. But, since no one won the jackpot in the latest drawing, the prize is now up to $216 million with a $119.6 million cash option.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2014
The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $400 million after no one won Saturday night's drawing. The multistate lottery's jackpot has been building since late last year. The lottery is played in Washington, D.C., the Virgin Islands and 43 states including Maryland.The winning numbers were: 2, 9, 14, 21, 23 with a power ball of 3. The next drawing is Wednesday. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 176 million. The biggest single-winner Powerball jackpot, $590.5 million, was claimed last June by an 84-year-old Florida woman who opted for a lump-sum payment of nearly $371 million.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
Before anyone goes off on how the Orioles came up short on another veteran free-agent pitcher, that reported $16 million guarantee that A.J. Burnett got from the Philadelphia Phillies apparently is for just one year. So, don't bother taking the Orioles to task, because that's a ridiculous price for a guy who wasn't even sure he wanted to pitch this year and didn't have a winning record in 2013. Sure, he actually had a good year in spite of that 10-11 record (3.30 ERA, 209 strikeouts)
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By Joe Burris and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
The ever-growing Mega Millions lottery jackpot stands at the second-largest in U.S. history ahead of Tuesday night's drawing amid a flurry of last-minute ticket sales. Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot has increased to $636 million, Maryland Lottery officials said on Tuesday. As of midday Tuesday, 6,041 tickets were being purchased per minute in Maryland, or 101 per second, said Maryland lottery spokeswoman Erica Palmisano. "Any time it surpasses a half-billion dollars, it adds to the excitement," Palmisano said.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
If there is no winner in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing, the pot will stand at nearly $1 billion — head and shoulders above the existing U.S. record lottery jackpot of $656 million. Tuesday's massive Mega Millions jackpot — just $20 million short of the record — drew a frenzy of ticket-buying as casual, daily and irregular lottery players threw their money into the pool. At one point on Tuesday before the nighttime drawing, Marylanders were handing over cash for the $2 Mega Millions tickets at a rate of almost 101 tickets a second, or 6,041 per minute, said Maryland lottery spokeswoman Erica Palmisano.
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