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July 17, 1991
Would you hire a company to undertake a $7 million job that had virtually no employees, no equipment and no experience to handle the task?Of course not, but the Schaefer administration may have other ideas.That's because the company in this instance is WBS Inc., a year-old Baltimore-based firm associated with William L. "Little Willie" Adams, a longtime political ally of the governor. When the lottery giant GTECH Corp. bid and won Maryland's $65 million lottery computer contract, it identified WBS as one of the minority businesses that would receive a sizable chunk of the financial action for printing lottery tickets.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
Maryland Lottery sales dropped again for a second year in a row as they compete with the state's casinos for the gambler's dollar, the state agency reported Monday. The drop of 1.7 percent for the fiscal year ending on June 30 follows a drop of 2.2 percent the prior year, which was the first time in 15 years that sales had not grown, said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. The first drop came in the year after the opening of Maryland Live in Arundel Mills, the state's largest casino.
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By Barry Rascovar | June 9, 1996
A WHIFF OF scandal, a hint of mystery. It must be lottery time. Depending on which side you believe, Maryland's new contract to run the daily lottery games is either on the verge of becoming a debacle or the losing bidder is trying to stir up trouble.Much is riding on this $43 million contract. Given that Maryland reaps $410 million a year from its lottery activities, a botched transition would cost taxpayers dearly. The new operator, too, stands to suffer mightily if there is a foul-up. Automated Wagering International is now the Avis of the lottery-gaming world, but if its Maryland venture flops, the company may never recover.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
A Powerball lottery ticket worth $2 million was sold at a liquor store in Laurel, according to state lottery officials. A ticket sold at Laurel Lakes Liquors on Baltimore Avenue qualified for a second-tier $1 million prize. Whoever bought it purchased the contest's "PowerPlay" option, doubling the winnings, lottery officials said. The winning numbers in Saturday night's drawing were 3, 12, 31, 34 and 51, with a PowerBall number of 24. A ticket sold in Colorado won a $90 million jackpot in the drawing.
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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 Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
Millions of dollars in winning Mega Millions tickets remain unclaimed while a $1 million ticket in Saturday's Powerball drawing was sold in Glen Burnie, a state Lottery spokeswoman said. While no one matched all numbers needed to hit the Powerball, a winning $1 million ticket was sold at JJ's Tavern in the 1000 block of 1st St. in Glen Burnie, Lottery officials announced on Sunday. Four other $1 million tickets were also purchased elsewhere in the country. The winning numbers were 13, 28, 31, 55 and 58. The Powerball was 15. Maryland lottery officials indicated on Twitter on Sunday that the state's winner had not yet come forward.
NEWS
October 15, 1995
THE STATE of Maryland held the winning lottery ticket in last Tuesday's big drawing. When officials opened two sealed bids for supplying and maintaining lottery computers for the next five years, they were shocked at the bargain-basement price they got. The low bid was $40 million -- less than half the $95 million the state is currently paying. Now that's a good deal.Automated Wagering International Inc. is the apparent winner. It is no newcomer to the computer lottery business since it provides similar services to the neighboring states of Pennsylvania and Delaware.
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By Gil Sandler | November 15, 1994
FOR MOST BALTIMOREANS, memories of Thanksgivings past are of turkey dinners, the whole family gathered around, the parades, the City-Poly football classics. But for Elmer "Bud" Klunk Thanksgiving meant "the lottery."For years, he worked on Thanksgivings as maitre d at one of Baltimore's most popular restaurants of its day -- Miller Brothers, which was located on Fayette Street, near where the Omni Hotel is today.Klunk recalled the Great Miller Brothers' Employee Turkey Dinner Lottery. "On the morning of every Thanksgiving Day," Mr. Klunk recalled, "the 100 or so employees set up a lottery -- $1 got you into the action.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 9, 1997
A 40-year-old Pennsylvania woman who went to Western Maryland to buy flowers came away March 29 with more than just a bouquet -- she won $1,000 a week for life in a new Maryland lottery game.The woman, identified by lottery officials as "S. Fike," bought a "Win for Life" $2 scratch-off ticket at Chestnut Ridge Liquors in Grantsville, Garrett County, the officials said.Pub Date: 4/09/97
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By Nicole Fuller | April 5, 2009
Because of what school officials are calling an overwhelming response, Monarch Academy Public Charter School, will hold a lottery to choose its first students. The Glen Burnie school has received more than 350 applications but has room for about 195 students this fall, when the school will open to kindergarten, first- and fifth-grade students. "We couldn't be more pleased with the community's overwhelming response to Monarch Academy, and we're looking forward to providing our incoming students with a unique and enriched learning experience this fall," said Maurine E. Larkin, Monarch's principal.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Amusement game operators and distributors are fighting the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Commission's proposed regulations on arcade games, but the agency already has new authority that could affect the side of the game business that operators don't like to talk about: illegal slot machines. The operators say that the new regulations are confusing, impose new fees they cannot afford, require paperwork they do not have time to do, and could drive some of them out of business.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Maryland is joining 33 other lotteries in a multistate association that will give players access to new games, including one being introduced in the fall that could award several million-dollar prizes at one time. Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, said that joining the Multi-State Lottery Association, a member-owned nonprofit, will mean that in late October, Marylanders will be able to play a new game called Monopoly Millionaires' Club, which has a top jackpot and also high-value second-tier prizes.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Carlton H. Dotson, a retired spokesman for the Maryland State Lottery and a tennis player who helped integrate the Druid Hill Park tennis courts in the late 1940s, died of complications from a stroke Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital. A resident of Eutaw Place in Reservoir Hill, he was 82. Born in Baltimore and known as "Yummy," he was raised on Madison Avenue near Druid Hill Park. He was the son of Charles Edward "Blue" Dotson, a maitre d'hotel and Miller Bros. Restaurant bartender, and Lucille Harde, a homemaker.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
Daniel "Rocky" Hyde, a former tavern owner and a retired Maryland State Lottery employee, died of heart failure Wednesday at Franklin Square Medical Center. The Rosedale resident was 65. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Leo Hyde, a postal worker, and Vera Sacco Hyde, a homemaker. The family lived in Loch Raven Village. He attended Immaculate Heart of Mary School and was a 1966 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School, where he was a standout football offensive and defensive lineman.
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By Quinn Kelley, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
After winning $100,000 from a scratch-off ticket, a Dundalk woman won $10,000 a week later, also from a scratch-off. Michelle Fowler, 39, said she stopped at the Wise Avenue BP gas station on March 22 to buy her husband Dean, 38, two $20 scratch-off books. She paid with a $50 bill, and because she had $10 left over, bought a "Winner's Luck" ticket for herself. "I'm so tight with money. Dean is the gambler," she said. "If I buy myself a ticket once every three months, it's a lot. " The first amount Fowler scratched off with her husband's lucky quarter was for $10,000.
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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.
NEWS
March 13, 1991
There is, pundits say, little chance that Mayor Schmoke will get the requisite General Assembly approval for his proposal to add a 10-cent surcharge on lottery tickets. But it shows the depths to which the city's financial condition has plunged, and the extent to which the state has all but ignored its plight, that the most hopeful way to adequately fund the police department is to add a dime to the price of a lottery ticket.We have noted countless times on these pages our opposition to lotteries -- not merely because they are terribly fickle sources of revenue, but more so because they amount to little more than a tax on the poor, who are disproportionately ensnared by the state pitch that, "it could be you."
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