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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
Maryland Lottery officials say they've mostly fixed a computer glitch that prevented players from cashing their winning tickets over the weekend -- including thousands who won minor prizes in Saturday's Powerball drawing. "There was a little issue with the software in the system," said Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett. "People could purchase tickets. The only issue -- and I can understand this was a little irritation with players -- was they couldn't cash on the spot. " The problem affected all of the computerized lottery games, not just Powerball.
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April 17, 2014
This is one in a series of submitted candidate profiles for the Columbia Association Elections.  The Columbia Association will hold elections on Saturday, April 26. During the elections, Columbia residents who pay the Columbia Association assessed fee can vote in their respective village for their village's representative to the 10-member Columbia Council, which becomes the 10-member Board of Directors. Each village hosts its own election. This year, there are only three contested races for the 10-member board.
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By Andy Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2013
The world is waiting Sunday to find out who bought the Powerball jackpot winning ticket at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla. Nobody had come forward by mid-morning.  It could take a few days before anybody claims the prize, but it's best to be skeptical of anything that comes out before lottery officials make a formal announcement. Remember the circus surrounding the Mega Millions jackpot winner sold in Maryland last year? It started in the middle of the night, just after it became clear that a hot ticket had been sold in Baltimore County.
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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.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
Maryland became the sixth state to offer a lottery rewards program Monday, allowing those who did not cash in to collect points instead. Players holding losing scratch-off tickets can now register online at mdlottery.com/rewards and enter ticket numbers to accumulate points, which are redeemable for prizes ranging from music downloads to big-screen televisions. "Offering this added value to Maryland Lottery scratch-off tickets is an innovative way to reward our loyal players," said John Martin, the state's assistant director for the lottery, in a statement.
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Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
If you played the lottery this weekend, take a closer look at your ticket because you may have won big. The Maryland Lottery is searching for three winners who purchased Powerball and Bonus Match 5 tickets for the Saturday drawing. The $1 million second-tier Powerball ticket was sold at John's Elmwood Tavern in the 4400 block of Kenwood Ave. in Baltimore, according to lottery officials. The winning numbers are 10-29-37-44-59/10. The Bonus Match 5 winners, who purchased their tickets at the 7-Eleven in the 3900 block of Fort Meade Road in Laurel and Donut Connection in the 21800 block of North Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park, will receive $50,000 with taxes paid, lottery officials said.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2012
Despite a sluggish economy that has many consumers pinching pennies, Marylanders are still willing to pony up a buck for a chance to win big. For the 15th consecutive year, the Maryland Lottery reported an increase in ticket sales, pumping more money than ever into the state treasury. Maryland sold $1.795 billion in lottery tickets during fiscal 2012 — $80.4 million more than the prior year, the state lottery agency announced Monday. The lottery contributed $556 million to the state's operations, 7 percent more than last year, and was the state's fourth-largest source of revenue, after sales, income and corporate taxes.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2013
Maryland's lottery and casino industries generated $929.74 million for the state during the last fiscal year, the regulatory body that monitors both announced Wednesday. Traditional lottery sales decreased 2.2 percent, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency reported, but gains from four casinos contributed to a total increase of 35.1 percent over what the state received during the previous fiscal year. "We fully expected the lottery number to drop given the increased access for our consumers to casinos," the agency's director, Stephen Martino, said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 3, 1996
Gov. Parris N. Glendening has tapped one of his top State House aides to take over as director of the Maryland Lottery.Buddy Roogow, who has been a deputy chief of staff since Glendening took office last year, succeeds Lloyd W. Jones, who retired Tuesday because of poor health.Roogow, whose annual salary will be $95,889, takes over the agency only weeks after a new company took over operation of the state's $1 billion-a-year lottery business.Before joining state government in 1991, Roogow was chief administrative officer in Howard County under then-County Executive Elizabeth Bobo.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | May 23, 2009
The Ravens are huddling with Maryland Lottery officials over placing the team's logo for the first time on scratch-off tickets. "We are in discussions," Ravens' spokesman Chad Steele confirmed Friday, just 48 hours after the National Football League decided to allow clubs to strike licensing deals with state-sponsored lotteries. Maryland Lottery officials declined comment Friday. Thursday, the New England Patriots reached an agreement with the Massachusetts State Lottery to put their logo on instant tickets next season.
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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 Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
The Colonial Athletic Association tournament may have been short on fans, but the four-day event ended in a way organizers surely loved: with a frantic, late-game comeback and an iconic image of fans bounding onto the Baltimore Arena floor in celebration. Conference officials hope that the final scene - of Delaware celebrating its first CAA tournament title and first NCAA tournament berth since 1999 -- will be replayed and endure in the minds of Baltimoreans. They want those final images to help sell the tournament when it returns to Baltimore next season.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
Maryland's four casinos pulled in about $66 million in February, slightly less than in January and well below many months in 2013. The casinos haven't gotten off to a strong start in 2014, compared to past months, perhaps because the harsh winter weather made travel more difficult. The combined statewide revenue for February was $66,014,094, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. That's the third lowest monthly total since Rocky Gap Casino Resort, the state's fourth casino, opened in May. During many months in 2013, revenues reached nearly $70 million.
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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 Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
January's cold likely chilled the take at Maryland's four casinos, which got a somewhat lackluster start to 2014. The casinos brought in about $66.2 million in revenue in January, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said Wednesday. That's the third lowest monthly total since Rocky Gap Casino Resort - the final casino of the four - opened in May. December was the worst month during that same period, with about $65 million in revenue brought in. The second worst month was September, with $65.3 million.
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By Brian Griffiths | January 9, 2014
Certain elements of the liberal intelligentsia believe that because Maryland is a "well run state" that provides such an exhaustive and expansive number of government services to taxpayers that our government is also well run. In a well run government, decisions would be made based on sound policy and considerations about what's in the best interest of the taxpayers, not personal relationships and campaign contributions. But one-party Maryland gives us constant reason to suspect it's the latter.
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By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,SUN STAFF | December 31, 1996
A major convenience store chain has stopped selling Maryland lottery tickets, but officials don't expect the decision to have much impact on state revenue.Wawa food stores discontinued lottery sales in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania on Friday. The 496-store chain, which is based in suburban Philadelphia, sold tickets in 62 stores, including 17 in Maryland.Lori Bruce, a Wawa spokeswoman, said company officials wanted outlets to put greater emphasis on food sales and quicker transactions.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
Some people's lives changed drastically Tuesday night. There was no immediate word about who won, but one winning ticket was bought at Jennifer's Gift Shop on Tully Road in San Jose,  Calif. , according to  Alex Traverso , a California lottery official. A second winning ticket was bought at Gateway Newstands on Lenox Road in Atlanta, a lottery official in Georgia said. A second-tier, $1 million ticket was sold at High's Dairy Store on Old Bottom Road in Annapolis, Maryland Lottery officials said.
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By Pamela Wood and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2014
A Baltimore woman accused of leaving her 4-year-old daughter alone in a vehicle for 8 1/2 while she was inside Maryland Live casino has posted bail, according to court records. Alicia D. Brown, 24, was arrested at the casino on New Year's Eve and charged with confining an unattended child, second-degree child abuse and neglect of a minor. According to Anne Arundel County police, Brown left her child alone in a white 2013 GM Terrain SUV in a parking garage at the Hanover casino.
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