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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 Jean Marbella, Justin Fenton and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Red-eyed and slurring his words, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps had a blood alcohol level of 0.14, well above the state limit of 0.08, when he was arrested and charged with drunken driving Tuesday morning after leaving the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore, according to court documents. Phelps, 29, failed two roadside sobriety tests and was asked to perform a third involving balancing on one leg, according to the documents, but told the officer, "That's not happening. " The swimmer, who returned to competition last year after retiring in 2012 as the most decorated Olympian of all time, is scheduled for trial on Nov. 19 in Baltimore City District Court.
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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 Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
With the newly opened Horseshoe Casino Baltimore chipping in nearly $1 million a day, revenues from Maryland casinos reached a new monthly record in August, topping $80 million for the first time. The Horseshoe, which opened Aug. 26, generated $5.7 million, or more from its slots and table games in its first six days than the $4.2 million reported for the whole month at the significantly smaller Rocky Gap Casino Resort — and nearly as much as the Casino at Ocean Downs' $5.9 million.
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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 | 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 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 Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
Following two days of controlled demonstrations, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore won state regulators' approval Monday as to open as scheduled Tuesday night. The $442 million development near M&T Bank Stadium becomes Maryland's fifth casino to receive an operating license. MGM Resorts expects to open the sixth at National Harbor in Prince George's County in two years The Horseshoe's license was signed by Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency Director Stephen Martino. Thousands of customers, including local politicians and celebrities, are expected at Tuesday night's opening.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
Baltimore's first casino could have risen more than a dozen years ago on the faded industrial stretch that is now posh Harbor East. Or more controversially, slot machines could have made their city debut in the family-oriented Inner Harbor or at Pimlico Race Course , in the middle of an economically depressed neighborhood. Instead, the city's long and at times fraught path toward slots and table games brought it to Russell Street south of the stadiums, where on Tuesday night the $442 million Horseshoe Casino opens to the public - and begins seeking its niche in an increasingly saturated market of gambling options.
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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 Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Representatives of Maryland's game machine businesses lost a round in their fight against proposed state regulations they say could cripple the industry. Sen. Paul G. Pinsky, co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Administrative, Legislative and Executive Review, said his panel won't ask that the rules proposed by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission be put on hold to allow for committee hearings. Under the proposed regulations, operators would have to register all their machines with the lottery agency, pay fees for some of them and file reports on when they are moved.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
By the time police arrived at the Maryland Live casino parking garage, Mary McGinnis had been sitting in the passenger seat of the red Ford pickup truck for about five hours, waiting as her son played blackjack inside. The 98-year-old woman, who uses a wheelchair to get around, appeared to be confused about where she was but not physically harmed. Returning to the garage after police called him, Dwight R. McGinnis, her 67-year-old son, was arrested and charged with abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult, a misdemeanor, according to the police report.
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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 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.
BUSINESS
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 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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