Maryland Lottery

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA) is an independent agency of the Maryland government. The MLGCA operates the Maryland Lottery and serves as regulator for Maryland's casino and sports wagering programs and a number of ancillary gaming programs.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency
Founded1973 (1973)
FounderMaryland government
Number of locations
Headquarters: Baltimore
Area served
Key people
John Martin

Jim Nielsen
(Deputy Director)
James Butler
(Assistant Deputy Director/Chief of Staff)
Holly Citko
(Principal Counsel)
James Logue
(Managing Director of Gaming)
John Mooney
(Managing Director of Regulatory Enforcement)
Paula Yocum
(Chief Financial Officer)
Carole Gentry

(Managing Director of Communications)
ProductsPick 3, Pick 4, scratch-offs, Keno, Racetrax, 5 Card Cash, Bonus Match 5, Mega Millions, Multi Match, Powerball, Cash4Life

The Lottery offers 10 draw games, instant FAST PLAY games and instant scratch-off tickets. Daily drawings are shown on Baltimore television station WBAL-TV. Maryland has six privately owned licensed casinos that each offer slot machines and table games. The MLGCA is headquartered in Suite 330 at 1800 Washington Boulevard, in Montgomery Business Park, Baltimore. The minimum age to buy Maryland Lottery tickets is 18; and casino patrons must be at least 21.


In 1972, citizens of Maryland approved a constitutional amendment to begin a government-run lottery.[1] The Maryland Lottery began on January 2, 1973.[2] The Lottery opened its doors for the very first time with 94 employees to handle operations, 3,800 sales agents to sell tickets and 51 banks to distribute tickets to agents and handle deposits. Approximately 60% of sales are returned to players, 30% is used for state-funded programs, 7% is used for commissions to retailers, and 3% is given to the Lottery for operating expenses.[3] The first game Twin Win went on sale on May 15, 1973, and the first drawing was May 24, 1973.[4] Scratch-offs, now the Lottery's best-selling game, became available on February 10, 1976.[5] Pick 3 was introduced in July 1976.[5] In April 1983, Pick 4 began.[5] Keno, initially played only at Lottery retailers equipped with monitors, began in January 1993. (Keno expanded to Keno Bonus in 1999, and Keno Super Bonus in 2009.[6]) In September 1995, Maryland introduced Bonus Match 5. (It ended in 1998, but returned in 2002.)[7] In 1996, Maryland help launched The Big Game, which became Mega Millions in 2002. (Mega Millions now is offered by 44 lotteries.) In March 2012, a Maryland player won a one-third share of the then largest jackpot in American history, $656 million.[8] In November 2005, the Maryland Lottery signed an $81 million deal with Scientific Games.[9] As a result, Racetrax began in August 2006.[7] Racetrax a Tabcorp International product, is a thoroughbred horse racing game.[10] Racetrax became Racetrax Bonus in August 2009.[7] Maryland Lotto was replaced by Multi-Match in 2006.[11] Maryland, as part of the January 2010 cross-sell expansion, joined Powerball. In January 2022, the maryland lottery announced that the 5 card cash game would end on Sunday, February 6, 2022, replacing it with the pick 5 game.[12]

In 2007, the Maryland government passed a bill allowing 15,000 video lottery terminals in five locations throughout Maryland.[13] The following year, voters passed the referendum; Maryland's first casino opened in 2010.[14] As of June 2012, video lottery terminals at the three casinos had generated over $297 million in revenue.[15] Of that revenue, 49.25% is given to education, 33% is given back to the casino operators, 7% is used for horse racing purses, 5.5% is used for local impact grants, 2.5% is used to help renew the racetracks, 1.75% is given to the Lottery for operational expenses, and 1.5% is given to small businesses.[16]


Drawing Drawing days WBAL broadcast
Pick 3/4/5 (Mid-day) Daily 12:27 pm, M-F

12:28 pm, Sat-Sun

Pick 3/4/5 (Evening) Daily 7:56 pm, M-Sat

8:22-8:30 pm, Sun

Bonus Match 5 Daily 7:56 pm, M-Sat

8:22-8:30 pm, Sun

Multi-Match Mon & Thur 11:22 pm
Mega Millions Tues & Fri 11:22 pm
Cash4Life§ Daily 9pm‡
Powerball Mon, Wed, & Sat 11:22 pm

§ Maryland joined the multi-state Cash4Life on January 26, 2016.

‡ Drawing takes place on Livestream.

Gaming Control CommissionEdit

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (MLGCC) serves as an advisory board to the MLGCA. The Commission is made up of seven members who are appointed to five-year terms by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. In November 2008, the Commission assumed responsibility for regulating casino gaming in Maryland..[17] In May 2021, with the enactment of the state's sports wagering law, the MLGCC also assumed responsibility for regulating sports wagering in Maryland.

Commission members:
  • E. Randolph Marriner (Chair)
  • George L. Doetsch Jr. (Vice Chair)
  • F. Vernon Boozer
  • Michelle Fager
  • Harold E. Hodges
  • James J. Stakem
  • Jerry E. Williams


  1. ^ Cassels, Louis (November 29, 1972). "States Eye Lotteries". Sarasota Journal. p. 4C. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  2. ^ "State Lottery Agency: Origins and Functions". Maryland State Archives. April 2, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
  3. ^ Maryland Lottery (2013). "Where the Money Goes" (PDF). Maryland Lottery. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Maryland Lottery (2007), p. 8
  5. ^ a b c Maryland Lottery (2011), p. 11
  6. ^ Maryland Lottery (2011), p. 12
  7. ^ a b c Maryland Lottery (2011), p. 13
  8. ^ Lynch, Rene (April 10, 2012). "Mega Millions Mystery Over: Maryland Winners All School Employees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  9. ^ "Scientific Games Introduces New Game". Casino City Times. Casino City. November 23, 2005. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
  10. ^ "Racetrax". Maryland Lottery. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
  11. ^ Maryland Lottery (2011), p. 14
  12. ^ Maryland Lottery (2011), p. 15
  13. ^ "Maryland on the Way to Adding Slots". West Virginia MetroNews. November 20, 2007. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  14. ^ Echols, Tucker (September 27, 2010). "Maryland's First Casino Opens Early". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  15. ^ "Maryland VLT". Maryland Lottery. May 31, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  16. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Maryland Lottery. Archived from the original on October 23, 2013. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
  17. ^ "Commission". Maryland Lottery. Retrieved October 9, 2013.


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