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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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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 Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
The sign is up on the new two-story building on Russell Street and the opening date is set for the evening of Aug. 26 at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which will be Maryland's fifth gambling center, general manager Chad Barnhill announced Thursday. "It's exciting, it's coming up quickly," Barnhill told members of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission. "A lot to do in a short period of time, but it's an exciting time as well. " In the next two months, crews will have to finish installing 2,500 slot machines, more than 100 table games plus 25 tables for the World Series of Poker room, as well as an array of restaurants including a Johnny Sanchez taco restaurant, Asian noodle bar and Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen & Bar. The $442 million project - being developed by a group led by Caesar's Entertainment, based in Las Vegas - is expected to compete for customers with Maryland Live, located about 13 miles south along the I-295 corridor in Arundel Mills.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
The sign is up on the new two-story building on Russell Street and the opening date is set for the evening of Aug. 26 at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which will be Maryland's fifth gambling center, general manager Chad Barnhill announced Thursday. "It's exciting, it's coming up quickly," Barnhill told members of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission. "A lot to do in a short period of time, but it's an exciting time as well. " In the next two months, crews will have to finish installing 2,500 slot machines, more than 100 table games plus 25 tables for the World Series of Poker room, as well as an array of restaurants including a Johnny Sanchez taco restaurant, Asian noodle bar and Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen & Bar. The $442 million project - being developed by a group led by Caesar's Entertainment, based in Las Vegas - is expected to compete for customers with Maryland Live, located about 13 miles south along the I-295 corridor in Arundel Mills.
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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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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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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 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 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 Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Maryland's four casinos raked in nearly $71.5 million in revenue in April, mostly on the strong performance of Maryland Live Casino at Arundel Mills, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. The Anne Arundel casino, among the largest on the East Coast, pulled in nearly $56.5 million, a more than 21 percent increase over its April 2013 revenue. Revenue fell nearly 9 percent at Hollywood Casino Perryville and the Casino at Ocean Downs. The Hollywood Casino drew in $7.7 million, a decrease of about 8.8 percent, while Ocean Downs brought in about $3.6 million, a decrease of about 8.6 percent.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2014
Richard Lee Floyd Sr. went to the Southeast Anchor Library on Eastern Avenue on Tuesday, walking on a cane and two prosthetic legs, in hopes of part-time work, something to supplement his Social Security disability check, and occupy his days. "I want to be able to do something ... instead of lying around the house," said Floyd, 61, who worked as a building custodian before circulation failure from diabetes took both lower legs 10 years ago. Floyd joined about 40 others attracted to the Highlandtown library by the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore's hiring blitz, which rolled in bearing posters of a winning 7-7-7 slots payout and chips piled high, oversized squeezable red dice for stress relief - and a shot at one of about 1,700 full- and part-time jobs at what will be Maryland's fifth casino.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
One lucky lottery player made off pretty well in Severn for Wednesday night's drawing. A $1 million second-tier Powerball ticket was sold at Telegraph Liquors, at 7741 Telegraph Road, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. A $148,800,800 grand prize winning ticket was sold by the Florida Lottery, the Powerball website states. The current estimated jackpot is $40 million, with a cash value of $23.4 million.
NEWS
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 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 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 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.
SPORTS
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.
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