Category Archives: Maryland Lottery

ALL NEW mdlottery.com

The ALL NEW mdlottery.com is LIVE! Come check it out.

The new website includes many enhanced features to provide you, our valued players, with a broad spectrum of information along with a state-of-the-art interactive experience to make your gaming experience more enjoyable.

Some of the sites new features include:  full integration with the Lottery’s blog Sn@pshots Lottery News; improved navigation; winning numbers quick view straight from the homepage; multiple RSS feed choices; complete social integration with Facebook and Twitter, as well as other social networks; historical numbers search and archive; and an enhanced prizes-remaining page for scratch-off tickets. In addition, the site will also debut MDLotteryTV providing original video content straight from the Lottery’s YouTube channel.

“This site is the result of many months of research, planning and hard work,” said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery. “The new features reflect feedback that we have received from our players to make their website experience more enjoyable.”

The Maryland Lottery, which serves as the regulatory agency for Maryland’s slots program, also launched slots.mdlottery.com today. The site will contain information on the recently opened Hollywood Casino Perryville and updates on progress of the state’s slots initiatives. Said Martino, “Both sites will evolve so that we can provide the most up-to-date information in a format that is user-friendly and easily navigable.”

 

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COMING SOON: New and Improved Website

UPDATE: Monday, December 6 – We are experiencing technical difficulties as we attempt to launch the new website. We hope to have these resolved as soon as possible.

UPDATE: Friday, December 3 – Comments and questions are now closed on this blog. We looked forward to hearing from you as we launch our new website.

We are proud to announce that on Monday, December 6th we will be launching the ALL NEW mdlottery.com.

The new and improved website will include a lot of great new features including full integration with our blog Sn@pshots Lottery News to become a one stop destination for everything Maryland Lottery related.

We have received a lot of feedback over the past year from our players on what they want to see with a new website and we’re proud to bring some of those to you as the site launches.  Some of those features include:

  • Improved navigational experience
  • Winning numbers quick view
  • Multiple RSS feed choices
  • Complete social integration with Facebook, Twitter and more
  • Historical numbers search and archive
  • Enhanced scratch-off prizes remaining
  • More video including the launch of MDLotteryTV, where you can find all of your favorite videos straight from our YouTube channel
  • AND MORE!!!

It is a really exciting announcement for us and we hope you are as excited to see and use the ALL NEW mdlottery.com as we are to bring it to you. We look forward to receiving your feedback and continuing to bring you enhanced features down the road to make your gaming experience more enjoyable.

Maryland Lottery Receives Award of Excellence in Silver Inkwell Competition

The Maryland Lottery’s efforts to promote its American Classics scratch-off ticket were recognized with an Award of Excellence at the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC/DC Metro) awards banquet on October 26th at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda. The Lottery received the distinction of being named first runner up for Best of the Best, the competition’s top honor.

IABC/DC Metro’s Silver Inkwell Awards included 50 categories and had more than 130 high-quality entries received. Only five Awards of Excellence were presented, with The Maryland Lottery’s American Classics winning in the Communication Plans & Campaigns/External Communication or Community Relations Plan category.

IABC/DC Metro’s Silver Inkwell Awards is the premier awards program for business communicators in metropolitan Washington and Baltimore. With nearly 600 members, IABC/DC Metro is the largest IABC chapter in the United States and the second largest worldwide. The organization has a diverse membership, with professionals from such fields as corporate communications, marketing, advertising, public affairs, employee communications, media relations and shareholder relations. A Silver Inkwell award is an acknowledgement of the recipient’s mastery of the principles and practices of business communication.

To promote the American Classics ticket, the Maryland Lottery’s Communications Division with help from supporting vendors, TBC, Inc. and Barb Clapp Advertising and Marketing, brought the decade of the sock hop into the era of hip hop. By evoking the fun of the 1950’s — complete with “Elvis” serenades, poodle skirts, hula hooping and more – Maryland Lottery Communications staff garnered substantial attention and ultimately, sales of the tickets.

“It is quite an honor to receive an Award of Excellence from among such impressive competitors,” said Carole Everett, Maryland Lottery Communications Director. “The success of the American Classics promotion illustrates the power of grassroots PR efforts. I’m so proud of my team and the tremendous job that they did.”

This is the second award that the Maryland Lottery has won for its efforts on behalf of the American Classics scratch-off. In July, the agency received the top honor, Best in Show, at the 2010 Chesapeake Conference and Best in Maryland Awards sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America’s Maryland Chapter.

Maryland Lottery Achieves 13th Straight Year of Record Sales

Sales Exceed $1.706 Billion; $509.7 Million Contributed to State of Maryland

Despite a challenging economy and two paralyzing snow storms that buried large parts of the state, the Maryland Lottery tallied more than $1.706 billion in sales in Fiscal Year 2010, breaking its sales record for the 13th year in a row.  The Maryland Lottery also contributed $509.7 million to the state, which is used to support important programs, including education, public safety and health and environmental programs. 2010 Fiscal Year-end highlights include:

  • Sales of more than $1.706 billion, an increase of more than $8.5 million over last fiscal year
  • Revenue of  $509.7 million, $16.5 million more than last fiscal year and the 2nd highest return in the Lottery’s history
  • Prizes paid to players reached more than $1 billion for the second time in Lottery history, reflecting an increase of $6.8 million over last fiscal year
  • Commissions earned by Lottery retailers totaled $113.1 million
  • While Lottery sales hit the highest level ever, operational expenses remained low, finishing the year at an estimated 3.1% of total sales

“Our fiscal numbers are a testament to the hard work of our Lottery staff and the more than 4,000 Lottery retailers throughout Maryland,” Lottery Director Stephen Martino said. “We are pleased to send $509.7 million to the state at a time when it is greatly needed. We will continue to produce innovative products and promotions to help achieve our primary goal of generating this much-needed revenue.”

Fiscal Year 2010 brought the addition of Powerball, which rolled into Maryland on January 31.  The multi-state jackpot game registered nearly $29 million in sales. Combined sales for all the Lottery’s jackpot games — Multi-Match, Mega Millions, Bonus Match 5 and Powerball — totaled more than $210 million. The Maryland Lottery’s monitor games, which include Keno, Keno Bonus, Keno Super Bonus, Racetrax and Racetrax Bonus, made a strong showing with combined sales of $492 million, an increase of nearly $9.3 million or 1.9% over last fiscal year. Racetrax and Racetrax Bonus posted $100.2 million in sales, an increase of $11.7 million or 13.21%.

In other game figures, Pick 3 totaled $266.9 million in sales with $133 million in payouts to players.  Pick 4 sales came in at $246.7 million with $132.2 million in prizes to players. The Lottery’s instant games, or scratch-offs, garnered nearly $490.8 million in sales.

Since its inception in 1973, the Maryland Lottery has contributed $11.7 billion in revenue to the State of Maryland. Players have also benefited, receiving more than $17.7 billion in prizes over the Lottery’s 37-year history. For more information, go to mdlottery.com.

Maryland Lottery Wins Prestigious Public Relations Award

The Public Relations Society of America’s Maryland Chapter Bestows Top Honor

A stroll down Memory Lane produced a walk to the podium for the Maryland Lottery as they received the top honor at the 2010 Chesapeake Conference and Best in Maryland Awards. The Maryland Lottery was the recipient of the competition’s Best in Show Award for its efforts to promote the American Classics scratch-off ticket.

Sponsored by the Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Best in Maryland Awards are presented each year to public relations practitioners who, in the judgment of their peers, have successfully addressed a communications challenge with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness. To ensure the integrity and impartiality of the process, entries are sent to a PRSA chapter in another state for judging.     “The PRSA Pittsburgh Chapter chose the Maryland Lottery’s American Classics entry as their unanimous choice for Best in Show,” said Lisa Miles, Maryland’s PRSA President Elect.

To promote the American Classics ticket, the Maryland Lottery’s Communications Division, with help from supporting vendors, TBC, Inc. and Barb Clapp Advertising and Marketing, brought the decade of the sock hop into the era of hip hop. By evoking the fun of the 1950’s — complete with “Elvis” serenades,  poodle skirts, hula hooping and more – Maryland Lottery Communications staff garnered substantial attention and ultimately, sales.

“What an honor to have received Best in Show,” said Carole Everett, Maryland Lottery Communications Director. “The success of the American Classics promotion really illustrates the power of grassroots PR efforts. I’m so proud of my team and the tremendous job that they did.”

The Best in Maryland Awards included 38 categories with more than 300 entries received. The Maryland Lottery’s American Classics was entered in the Marketing Communications category, for which it won the Best in Maryland Award. In addition to winning in that competition, the Maryland Lottery also won the Best in Show Award, beating out more than 300 entries to take the top prize.

Big Week of Payouts for Maryland Lottery Players

Five Prizes Remain Unclaimed

It all started last Monday, April 19th when one lucky Marylander matched all six Multi-Match numbers to take home the $700,000 jackpot.  The winning continued all week long, culminating with Saturday’s midday Pick 4 drawing producing 8-8-8-8, which paid out $5.9 million.  In between, Maryland continued its winning streak selling a number of tickets worth large prizes, many of which remain unclaimed. Powerball produced its first two second-tier $200,000 winning tickets; there was a $250,000 second-tier Mega Millions prize; and another Multi-Match jackpot prize, this time worth $500,000.

The following tickets remain unclaimed:

  • Monday, April 19th: $700,000 Multi-Match ticket
    • Sterling Liquors in Dundalk
  • Wednesday, April 21st: Two $200,000 second-tier Powerball tickets
    • Big Elk Liquors in Elkton
    • Belby Discount Beer & Wine in Rockville
  • Thursday, April 22nd: $500,000 Multi-Match ticket
    • Hungerford Beer & Wine in Rockville
  • Friday, April 23rd: $250,000 Mega Millions ticket
    • Harwood Convenience Store in Elkridge

Players have 182 days to claim their prizes.  The Lottery urges all winners to sign the back of their tickets.  For winning numbers and more information, visit mdlottery.com.

Governor Martin O’Malley Appoints Stephen L. Martino To Head Maryland Lottery Agency

Courtesy of the Office of the Governor

Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the appointment of Stephen L. Martino as director of the Maryland State Lottery Agency.  The Lottery’s director is appointed by the Governor with Senate advice and consent.

“I am proud to appoint Mr. Martino to head the Maryland Lottery,” said Governor O’Malley.  “Mr. Martino brings a wealth of expertise in the racing and gaming industry, as well as legal knowledge and experience.  I am confident that Mr. Martino will oversee the operations of the Maryland Lottery Agency in the State of Maryland with the utmost integrity and with the best interest of the citizens of Maryland in mind.”

“I am honored to have been asked by Governor O’Malley to serve as the Director of the Maryland Lottery Agency,” said Mr. Martino.  “I am looking forward to serving the people of Maryland and ensuring that our work is done in a transparent, thorough and ethical way.”

From May 2005 through April 2010, Mr. Martino served as the Executive Director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, overseeing an agency with a multi-million dollar annual budget, and 52 employees and eight divisions.  In this position, Mr. Martino led the regulatory oversight of Kansas’ pari-mutuel racing facilities and casinos. He was responsible for the development of the regulatory framework for casino gaming in Kansas and directed the planning and regulatory efforts leading to the opening of the first state-owned casino in the United States.  Mr. Martino designed and administered Kansas’ casino selection process and founded the Kansas Responsible Gaming Alliance, a working group of stakeholders interested in promoting responsible gaming awareness and problem gambling treatment throughout the State of Kansas.  Mr. Martino also oversaw background investigations of licensees, negotiated disputes between interest groups, and represented the agency before the Kansas legislature and the public.  Mr. Martino also was a Kansas special assistant attorney general, charged with enforcing criminal gambling provisions throughout the state.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Martino was an attorney in private practice from 2002 to 2005 in the Topeka, Kansas, office of Foulston Siefkin, LLP, where he practiced civil litigation.

Mr. Martino received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas.  He received his Juris Doctor with Dean’s Honors from the Washburn University School of Law in 2001.

Mr. Martino starts his new role on April 26. He lives in Ellicott City in Howard County with his wife and two children.