Two Giant Jackpots Invade Maryland

Mega Millions and Powerball Both Break $100 Million Mark

With tomorrow’s Mega Millions jackpot at $105 million and Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot standing at  $175 million, there is a lot of “If I win…” chatter swirling around Maryland.

Mega Millions has been a mainstay of the Maryland Lottery since 1996 when it debuted under the Big Game moniker. The game has produced its share of big jackpot winners in Maryland.  The largest win in Maryland was $183 million, which was won in June 2003 by Bernadette Gietka, from Baltimore County. Perhaps the best known Marylander to win Mega Millions was Dundalk resident Bunky Barlett, who was one of four people nationwide to win the $330 million Mega Millions jackpot in August 2007. He took home a prize of $82.5 million.

The Maryland Lottery’s newest jackpot game, Powerball, arrived just this past January. Although it has produced 12 third-tier $10,000 prizes, it has not yet yielded a large jackpot win for the State. Marylanders with big dreams are happy that they can now purchase their Powerball tickets at their local Lottery retailer as opposed to having to travel out-of-state.

“We’re definitely ready for a local jackpot winner,” reported Lottery Communications Director Carole Everett.  “Maryland’s seen a lot of second-and third-tier winners in recent months but, we’d love to see someone hit it big this week.”

Mega Millions drawings air on Tuesdays and Fridays and Powerball drawings air on Wednesdays and Saturdays, both on WBAL-TV Channel 11 at 11:22 PM.

2 responses to “Two Giant Jackpots Invade Maryland

  1. NADENE SANDERS

    can the lottery make some kind of special PREAKNESS IWG or have a special discount foe PREAKNESS tickets foe all VIP Club members?

    • Nadene:
      We do not have any plans for a Preakness instant win game. However, all this week, you can listen to 98 Rock during the morning show’s Bacon and Beer Preakness edition and they will be giving away VIP passes presented by the Maryland Lottery.