"The MD Lottery – the USA Lottery Co. from the State of Maryland"
The Maryland Lottery was first formed back on November 1972 – beginning its operations in January 1973 – and is run by the Maryland State Lottery Agency which, in turn, is overseen by the Government of Maryland.
The Maryland State Lottery Agency is responsible for all the administration and organization of MD Lotto games within the State of Maryland.
The main aim of the Maryland State Lottery right from the outset was to generate revenue for state-funded programs such as education, public health, human resources, public safety and much more as well as provide exciting lottery games for the people of Maryland.
Approximately 60% of all monies spent on MD Lottery games is returned to players as prize money – with around 30% going towards the good causes mentioned above via the State’s General Fund.
The Maryland State Lottery is based in Baltimore, MD.
The Maryland State Lottery sells MD Lottery tickets from its network of over 180 Maryland Lottery agents and retailers throughout the state – and has 2 main offices based in Baltimore and Lanham.
The MD Lottery also takes part in 2 of the biggest lottery games in the world – the Multi-State USA Lottery games – Mega Millions and Powerball which you can read about in greater detail below.
We will be looking into the various Maryland Lotto games available – how these games work and who can play them – as well as delving into some of the history of the Maryland State Lottery in more depth.
We will first of all take a look at these multi-state USA Lottery games – that the MD Lottery offers in conjunction with the MUSL – Multi-State Lottery Association and Mega Millions Consortium – and later move on to other games that the MD Lottery has to offer.
Currently – the games offered by the Maryland Lottery that players anywhere around the world can buy lottery tickets online for are the two USA Lottery games – the Mega Millions and Powerball.
Other games offered by the Maryland Lottery that can be played in-state are noted further down the page – if any of these MD Lottery games become available to a wider audience at a later date – we will be writing about it here.
The Mega Millions is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run and operated by the Mega Millions Consortium – who administer and syndicate the game across the USA – and is one of the largest lottery games in the world – having produced a massive world record jackpot of an incredible US$ 656 MILLION on March 30th 2012. This world record jackpot was shared between 3 Mega Millions winners from Maryland, Kansas and Illinois and is currently the 2nd biggest lotto jackpot to have been won to date.
The very first Mega Millions draw took place on May 17th 2002 with 6 USA Lottery companies taking part who were all members of the Mega Millions Consortium.
The game had changed its name and format from the Big Game which had started on August 31st 1996. Upon this change – 2 further State Lotteries joined and many more were to follow.
The Maryland Lottery is 1 of 46 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the Mega Millions – in this particular case the Maryland Mega Millions – as part of its overall portfolio of games.
The Maryland Mega Millions was first sold on May 17th 2002 taking part in the very first Mega Millions draw – since the MD Lottery had already been a member of the Big Game Consortium since its outset on August 31st 1996 – selling the MD Mega Millions predecessor – the Big Game.
The MD Lottery Mega Millions works in the same way as the Mega Millions game works in all the States and Districts in the US that offer the game.
Jackpots start off at US$ 40 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – making for some enormous jackpot figures that can be won on the Maryland Lottery Mega Millions.
6 numbers are drawn in total for the Mega Millions Maryland – from 2 separate drawing machines – firstly 5 numbers from 70 white balls are drawn and then 1 number (the MEGAball) from 25 gold balls.
Draws for the Mega Millions MD take place twice every week on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11.00pm EST.
Many USA Lottery companies that offer the Mega Millions game also offer the option of playing using a MEGAPLIER.
This is where in addition to the 6 Mega Millions numbers drawn – a Random Number Generator draws a further number – the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER number…
This separate MEGAPLIER multiplier number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4 or 5 – and is there to give players of the MegaMillions a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the MegaMillions jackpot itself.
MEGAPLIER enables players to multiply their winnings on these levels by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – greatly increasing the amount they can walk away with.
If, for example, a player matches the 5 main Mega Millions numbers playing with the MEGAPLIER add-on – and a MEGAPLIER number of 5 is drawn – the second tier Powerball prize of US$ 1 MILLION would be multiplied by x5 and they could win US$ 5 MILLION.
A great improvement to the MEGAPLIER facility occurred on October 19th 2013.
So, for just an extra dollar – you can choose to increase your MD Mega Millions winnings on all levels except the jackpot – by adding the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER option when playing.
With the Maryland Mega Millions being drawn every week on both Tuesdays and Fridays at 11.00 pm EST there are numerous ways you can check the Mega Millions winning numbers.
You can find the latest Maryland Mega Millions Results from all Maryland Lottery retailers, on select radio stations, newspapers and here online at Global Lottery Review where you can also look up previous MD Mega Millions Results.
The Maryland Lottery Mega Millions winning numbers are also published soon after the draw on the official Lottery MD website – mdlottery.com – and will be broadcast after each draw on the following television channel...
WBAL-TV11 at 11.22pm.
There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this Maryland State Lottery game providing a great chance to win something on the MD Lottery Mega Millions.
Odds range from 1 in 302,575,350 for correctly matching all the Maryland Lottery Mega Millions winning numbers down to 1 in 37 for matching just 1 number correctly.
Overall odds of winning any prize on the MD Mega Millions are just 1 in 24.
See the Mega Millions Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate Maryland Mega Millions page for a complete list of odds and prizes for this game.
Powerball is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run & syndicated across the USA by the MUSL – Multi State Lottery Association – and is one of the largest lottery games in the world having produced a record jackpot of an incredible US$ 1.58 BILLION. This huge sum is the largest lottery jackpot ever won to date in the history of world lottery games.
The very first Powerball draw took place on April 22nd 1992 with 16 USA Lottery companies – who were all members of the MUSL – taking part after the game changed its format and name from Lotto America which had first begun on February 13th 1988.
The Maryland Lottery is 1 of 47 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the Powerball game – in this case the Maryland Powerball – as part of its overall portfolio of lottery games.
The MD Powerball was first sold on January 31st 2010 when the Mega Millions consortium – of which the MD Lottery is a member – entered into a unique cross-selling agreement with the MUSL – allowing the ticket sales of Powerball in Mega Millions States and Mega Millions in Powerball States.
The Maryland Powerball works in the same way as the Powerball game works in all the States and Districts in the US that offer the game.
Jackpots start off at US$ 40 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – making for some huge jackpot figures.
6 numbers are drawn in total for the MD Lottery Powerball game from 2 separate drawing machines – first of all 5 numbers from 69 white balls are drawn followed by 1 number (the POWERball) from 26 red balls.
Draws for the Maryland Lottery Powerball take place twice every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.59pm EST.
In addition to the 6 main Powerball numbers drawn – a further number is drawn – using a Random Number Generator…the Powerball POWER PLAY number…
This separate Powerball POWERPLAY number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4, 5 and occasionally number 10 – and is there to give players of the MD Powerball a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the Maryland Powerball jackpot itself.
With Power Ball POWER PLAY – you will multiply your winnings on these levels by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – greatly increasing the amount you can walk away with.
During special promotions – the Powerball POWER PLAY multiplier will be 10x – allowing Maryland Lottery players to increase their Powerball MD winnings by an incredible 10 times!
With the Maryland Lottery Powerball being drawn every week on both Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.59 pm EST there are various ways you can check the Powerball winning numbers.
You can find the latest Maryland Powerball Results at all MD Lottery retailers, in select newspapers and here online at Global Lottery Review where you can also check up on any of the previous MD Powerball Results.
The MD Powerball winning numbers will also be displayed on the official website of Lottery MD – mdlottery.com – and are broadcast LIVE after each draw on the following television channel...
WBAL (NBC) Channel 11 in Baltimore.
There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this Maryland State Lottery game providing a great chance to win something on the MD Powerball.
Odds range from 1 in 292,201,338 for correctly matching all the Maryland Lottery Powerball winning numbers right down to 1 in 38.32 for matching just 1 number correctly.
The overall odds of you winning any prize on the MD Powerball are just 1 in 24.87.
See the Powerball Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate Maryland Powerball page for a complete list of odds and prizes for this game.
In addition to the Maryland Lottery Mega Millions and Powerball games which can be played from anywhere in the world – the MDLottery also offers various other lotto games which can be played just within Maryland itself – like Bonus Match 5, Pick 3, Pick 4, Keno, Multi Match Lotto, Racetrax plus numerous MarylandLottery Instant Scratch-Offs.
If any of these other MD Lotto games should become available to a wider audience outside of Maryland in the future – we will be covering the details right here.
In the past – you would have had to buy your lottery ticket in the state of Maryland itself to take part in any of the Maryland State Lottery games – including the MD Lottery Mega Millions and Powerball.
These days though – you can play the Mega Millions Online as well as the Powerball Online from anywhere in the world due to the presence of accredited and fully authorized online lottery ticket sales companies such as TheLotter.com – which will allow you to play wherever you may be based.
So if you live outside of Maryland or the USA but wish to play either the Powerball or Mega Millions this is simple to do using the right lottery ticket sales companies where you can quickly and easily buy lottery tickets online – and save yourself a fair amount of time too – allowing you to play the games no matter where you live.
The Maryland State Lottery requires all players to be a minimum of 18 years of age before purchasing any MD Lottery tickets including tickets for the MD Mega Millions and MD Powerball.
If you have won either a Maryland Lottery Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot – you will be able to claim your prize as either a cash lump sum or as an annuity payment – you will need to make this important choice within 60 days of the date of your claim.
If you choose the annuity option – your winnings will be paid to you annually in 30 installments over a 29 year period. All Hot Lotto jackpot prize wins will be paid in the form of a cash lump sum.
For all Maryland State Lottery prizes you will have 182 days – from either the date of the draw or the end of the game – to make your claim before your MD Lotto ticket will expire.
If your win on the Maryland Lottery is less than US$ 600 – you will be able to claim your winnings at any of the Maryland Lottery retailers in cash or from a Maryland Lottery Claim Center by check.
If you’ve had a win of between US$ 600 and US$ 5,000 you will be able to claim your prize at any of the Maryland Lottery Claim Centers or from a Maryland Lottery Retailer + location.
If you have won more than US$ 5,000 or an MD Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot – you can claim your prize from the Maryland Lottery Headquarters in Baltimore.
These details are all taken care for you if you play lottery online with one of the trusted and genuine online lottery ticket sale companies such as TheLotter as it is their job to make your transaction a seamless process – collecting your winnings and sending them directly to you.
The Maryland State Lottery Agency is formed by constitutional amendment which is ratified on November 7th.
The Maryland State Lottery Agency – which oversees the running of the Maryland State Lottery – begins operations on January 2nd.
The first lottery tickets from the Maryland State Lottery are put on sale on the morning of May 15th.
On August 1st Paul McNabb becomes the first millionaire in Maryland Lottery history having bought a 50 cent ticket.
The Pick 3 game is introduced as a new daily game by the MD Lottery on July 29th. At first the Pick 3 is drawn every evening.
The Pick 4 game is introduced as a new daily game by the MD Lottery on April 8th. At first the Pick 4 is drawn every evening.
On May 1st the Maryland Lottery increase the frequency of its daily games – Pick 3 and Pick 4 – to twice every day. A new Midday drawing now accompanies the Evening draws.
On September 6th the very first Multi-State Big Game draw took place with the Maryland Lottery being among the original 6 states participating – along with the Georgia Lottery, Illinois Lottery, Massachusetts Lottery, Michigan Lottery and Virginia Lottery. The Big Game would later become the Mega Millions.
The Maryland State Lottery introduces a brand new game – the Bonus Match 5 – on February 4th. The Bonus Match 5 is a daily game with draws taking place every evening.
In May the Multi-State Big Game was renamed as Mega Millions with a changed matrix and prize amounts offering a more attractive and exciting game.
The Maryland Mega Millions was first sold on May 17th – the very first Mega Millions draw – the MD Lottery having been an original member of the preceding Big Game consortium since its inception on August 31st 1996.
On June 20th – an amazing Maryland Mega Millions jackpot of US$ 183 Million was won by Bernadette Gietka from Baltimore County. This still currently stands as the biggest jackpot ever to be won on the Maryland Lottery Mega Millions.
Miguel and Maria Bonilla from Wheaton win a US$ 109 Million jackpot on the MD Mega Millions on April 9th. To date this ranks as the second highest Maryland Mega Millions jackpot win of all time.
A new Lotto-Style game is introduced by the Maryland State Lottery on February 1st. Multi-Match 6/43 replaces the previous Multi-Match 6/49 and today has drawings every Monday and Thursday at 11.22pm which are shown live on WBAL-TV11.
March 6th saw the biggest ever lottery jackpot prize in the world won when an incredible US$ 390 Million was claimed by 2 lucky Mega Millions winners – 1 from Georgia and 1 from New Jersey. The Mega Millions winning numbers for the draw were 16, 22, 29, 39, 42 and the MEGA Ball was 20.
On August 31st – a whopping jackpot of US$ 330 Million was shared between 4 separate winning Mega Millions Tickets from New Jersey, Texas, Virginia and Maryland. The Maryland Mega Millions share being US$ 82.5 Million which was won by Bunky Bartlett from Dundalk and still stands as the third highest Maryland Mega Millions jackpot to have been won so far.
In November 2008, the Maryland Lottery assumed responsibility for regulating the operation of Video Lottery Terminals (slot machines) in Maryland.
The biggest Multi Match jackpot to date of US$ 4.8 Million was won on September 19th by a Dundalk player.
On October 9th a unique, collaborative agreement was made between the MUSL – Multi State Lottery Association – and the Mega Millions Consortium that would allow Mega Millions tickets to be sold within states that currently offered the Powerball game and Powerball tickets to be sold within states that currently offered the Mega Millions game.
April 22nd produced the biggest wins at the time on the MD Powerball when a retired couple from Elkton won US$ 200,000 with another MD Powerball player from Rockville winning the same amount.
June 12th saw a new record Maryland Powerball win to date when a lucky winner who had purchased their ticket in Glen Burnie, MD matched all 5 white balls to claim a 2nd tier Powerball prize of US$ 2 Million.
Proceeds from Maryland State Lottery games go right back to the State of Maryland benefiting local people in many different areas of life.
Just some of the areas to benefit from MD Lottery revenues are important state-funded programs and services which include education, public safety and health, human resources and the environment.
The MarylandLottery is one of the largest sources of revenue for the State of Maryland – with in excess of US$ 11.2 Billion being returned to the State since its formation back in 1973 – and over US$ 16.6 Billion being paid out to Maryland Lotto winners.
Another beneficiary of Maryland Lotto funding is the Maryland Stadium Authority which receives a proportion of the proceeds from Mega Millions games. The Maryland Stadium Authority oversees numerous facilities including Camden Yards – the home of Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles.
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