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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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September 26, 2012
While Marylanders are consumed with the debate over whether to allow a sixth casino and table games like poker and blackjack, the state is quietly moving ahead with an idea that could make gambling much more pervasive: Internet lottery sales. And in contrast to the state's casino program, which has been playing catch-up with neighboring states for years, the State Lottery Agency is contemplating plans that would instantly catapult Maryland to the cutting edge of this new frontier of gambling - all without the General Assembly ever taking a direct vote on the issue.
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By DAN BERGER | June 28, 1996
VMI lost to a bunch of girls.The Clinton administration pleads stupidity on the FBI files. Stupidity did not win the White House.The State Lottery Agency bet the store on Automated Watering International.Burn the currency, not the Treasury.Pub Date: 6/28/96
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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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October 21, 1991
THE MARYLAND State Lottery Agency is missing a trick. The Illinois State Lottery now issues Lotto and other gaming tickets by vending machines in supermarkets.You can stuff up to $20 into one of them. It makes no change.The machine says you must be 18 or older to bet, and you are on your honor to be so.Think of how much further into the pockets of the poor and the young the Illinois State Lottery reaches than the Maryland State Lottery Agency.In Maryland, the lottery player is forced to buy his or her ticket not from an impersonal machine but in eye-to-eye contact with a human being whose store has obtained a precious lottery franchise from the state.
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Evening Sun Staff | August 15, 1991
The Maryland State Lottery Agency has turned down a request by the losing bidder in a battle over the state's lucrative lottery contract to investigate how the contract process was conducted.In a letter sent to a Control Data Corp. official this week, MSLA procurement officer Michael W. Law said the state agency has neither the resources nor the reasons to conduct an investigation into what he described as "nebulous allegations" that the contract process was mishandled.Marcel Helou, a Control Data vice president for sales, requested the investigation after The Evening Sun published an article July 24 describing how lobbyists influenced the lottery contract process.
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By BARRY RASCOVAR and BARRY RASCOVAR,Deputy editor of the editorial pages of The Sun | August 25, 1991
Because of an editing mistake, a Perspective column i Sunday's editions of The Sun concerning the State Lottery Agency erroneously attributed a statement to Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. It was, in fact, the lottery agency's procurement officer, Michael Law, who said that even if there were grounds for an inquiry, his office -- part of an agency with a $35 million operating budget -- has "no resources" to pursue allegations of wrongdoing.The Sun regrets the error.Now that the Attorney General J. Joseph Curran has taken a dive, it is up to United States Attorney Richard D. Bennett to decide if the whiffs of smoke that were rising from the State Lottery Agency warrant a formal inquiry.
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Staff Writer Staff writer Eric Siegel contributed to this article | December 17, 1992
OCEAN CITY -- Mindful that they are moving into risky political territory, town officials said yesterday they may be forced to turn to the courts to stop the State Lottery Agency from introducing its keno numbers game in restaurants and bars here and elsewhere in Maryland.Mayor Roland E. "Fish" Powell said he will ask Ocean City solicitor Guy R. Ayres III to explore legal means, including a court injunction, to block the controversial lottery game."It puts us in a bad spot with you-know-who," Mr. Powell said in reference to Gov. William Donald Schaefer, who proposed the new game, "but we can't help that."
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BY THE ANNAPOLIS BUREAU STAFF | March 18, 1991
The late Verda Welcome's battle for civil rights goes on in the posthumous honors accorded her and even in the preparation of those honors.Today, a portrait of the senator will be unveiled in Annapolis. And the painter, Simmie L. Knox, will thereby become the first black artist recognized by the Maryland Commission on Artistic Property.The tribute at 4 p.m. to Mrs. Welcome, who died last year, will observe a life of achievements that began when she was a teacher in Baltimore public schools.
NEWS
September 26, 2012
While Marylanders are consumed with the debate over whether to allow a sixth casino and table games like poker and blackjack, the state is quietly moving ahead with an idea that could make gambling much more pervasive: Internet lottery sales. And in contrast to the state's casino program, which has been playing catch-up with neighboring states for years, the State Lottery Agency is contemplating plans that would instantly catapult Maryland to the cutting edge of this new frontier of gambling - all without the General Assembly ever taking a direct vote on the issue.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2010
Behind the glitz and bright lights of slot machines at the Hollywood Casino Perryville, Maryland's first slots parlor in decades, the Maryland State Lottery is enforcing the state's gambling laws. As head of the state lottery, Stephen Martino oversees the operations of Hollywood Casino, which opened late last month, and other proposed slots parlors in the state. Martino spent five years as head of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, where he led efforts to open that state's first owned and operated casino in December 2009.
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By Barry Rascovar | August 9, 1998
EVERY time our governor goes near a horse track, he seems to step in it. He's done so again.By blurting out sweet thoughts he believed would win him bonus points with Sun editorial writers, Gov. Parris N. Glendening kicked off a storm of controversy that his foes eagerly embraced.In the process, though, Mr. Glendening seems to have laid the groundwork for addressing Maryland's horse-racing quandary after the November election -- regardless of who wins.All three of the major candidates -- Mr. Glendening, his Democratic opponent Eileen M. Rehrmann and Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey -- have now gone on record acknowledging the need to come up with ways to bolster horse racing in this state.
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By DAN BERGER | June 28, 1996
VMI lost to a bunch of girls.The Clinton administration pleads stupidity on the FBI files. Stupidity did not win the White House.The State Lottery Agency bet the store on Automated Watering International.Burn the currency, not the Treasury.Pub Date: 6/28/96
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Staff Writer | December 30, 1992
While work crews hustle to set up the first phase of the State Lottery Agency's electronic keno network, opposition to the new numbers game continues to grow.A congressman, a comptroller and a county council are among the latest to speak out against the game, which has become the most controversial part of a $450 million plan by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to balance Maryland's ailing budget.Despite the most recent outcry, lottery officials said, the installation of keno terminals is on schedule for the game's debut Monday in 600 locations across the state.
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Staff Writer Staff writer Eric Siegel contributed to this article | December 17, 1992
OCEAN CITY -- Mindful that they are moving into risky political territory, town officials said yesterday they may be forced to turn to the courts to stop the State Lottery Agency from introducing its keno numbers game in restaurants and bars here and elsewhere in Maryland.Mayor Roland E. "Fish" Powell said he will ask Ocean City solicitor Guy R. Ayres III to explore legal means, including a court injunction, to block the controversial lottery game."It puts us in a bad spot with you-know-who," Mr. Powell said in reference to Gov. William Donald Schaefer, who proposed the new game, "but we can't help that."
NEWS
By C. Fraser Smith and C. Fraser Smith,Staff Writer | December 13, 1992
The U.S. attorney said yesterday he will ask a federal gran jury to determine if a fraud was "perpetrated upon the people of Maryland" when the Schaefer administration awarded millions of dollars in Lottery contracts to a Rhode Island computer firm."
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By C. Fraser Smith and C. Fraser Smith,Staff Writer | December 13, 1992
The U.S. attorney said yesterday he will ask a federal gran jury to determine if a fraud was "perpetrated upon the people of Maryland" when the Schaefer administration awarded millions of dollars in Lottery contracts to a Rhode Island computer firm."
NEWS
By Sandy Banisky | August 13, 1991
Television lights glared. Cameras flashed. Reporters called out exceedingly personal questions.At the center of it all was a pleasantly dazed David K. Moreland -- 33, single, of Lothian, a senior contract specialist at Martin Marietta who describes his income as "middle-class, just average" -- enduring his first public appearance as the winner of Saturday's $21 million Lotto jackpot. He is the largest single winner in the eight-year history of the Maryland game.No, Mr. Moreland said, he hasn't decided what to do with the money -- except that he intends to share it with his family.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Staff Writer | December 1, 1992
On Jan. 4, Maryland may take a $49 million plunge into a keno lottery game that would operate almost around-the-clock at hundreds of restaurants, bars, bowling alleys and pizza parlors.Top state officials may decide as soon as tomorrow whether Maryland should launch the new game, which would be based on a drawing of winning numbers every five minutes from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.The Board of Public Works, which consists of the governor, comptroller and treasurer, will consider a $49 million contract for keno at its meeting tomorrow.
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By Douglas Birch and Douglas Birch,Staff Writer | August 5, 1992
Maybe its because lots of Marylanders have zip codes that begin with 21, or like to play "21" in Atlantic City or just think 21 was a very good year.Whatever the reason, lots of people bet on some combination of 2121, the winning number in the Maryland Lottery's Pick-4 game, on Monday. So many, in fact, that the lottery agency paid out $2,393,500 in prizes but took in only $409,877 in Pick-4 ticket sales, said Theresa Gutierrez, a spokeswoman for the Maryland State Lottery.Of more than 600,000 Pick-4 tickets sold Monday, almost 4,000were winners.
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