ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS
Formed by constitutional amendment in 1972, the State Lottery Agency began operation on January 2, 1973 (Chapter 365, Acts of 1972, ratified November 7, 1972). Lottery tickets are sold and cashed in at sales outlets in licensed retail establishments throughout Maryland. Transactions are conducted through terminals connected to a computerized on-line real-time system. Revenues from the State Lottery are deposited in the General Fund of the State Treasury for the use of Maryland government. Lottery income is the State’s third largest source of revenue, after income taxes and sales taxes.
The State Lottery Agency conducts statewide lotteries for instant, daily, keno and lotto games, as well as a multi-jurisdictional game and two subscription games. The Agency also sponsors a three-digit daily lottery (Pick 3); and a four-digit lottery (Pick 4) twice daily. In addition, the Agency runs a pick-6-out-of-49 Lotto Game (minimum jackpots of $1 million) with twice-weekly drawings, and a 5-of-39 game called Bonus Match 5 ($50,000 top prize) with drawings Monday through Sunday. A bonus ball is drawn from the remaining 34 numbers for an extra chance to win.
Mega Millions (formerly The Big Togel Singapore Game) is a multi-state game with multi-million dollar jackpots and cash prizes. Players select six numbers: five out of 52 and one Gold Mega Ball number out of 52. Prizes are drawn on Tuesday and Friday evenings; the game costs $1 to play. Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia, and Washington also participate in this game. Proceeds from Mega Millions and certain instant scratch-off games are designated for the Maryland Stadium Authority.
Official winning numbers are drawn on live television and are posted on the State Lottery Agency website. For the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games, they are drawn …