As the Maryland Lottery turns 50 years old, there will be millions of reasons to celebrate with new games coming with big purses.
“It’s exciting for us to mark this moment in history and share it with our players, retailers and all of Maryland,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin.
Lottery ticket sales since 1973 have generated more than $31.5 billion in prizes to players and contributed more than $18.6 billion to the state of Maryland, making the Lottery one of the state’s leading revenue sources.
“For five decades, the Lottery has been focused on responsibly raising revenue to support the state's good causes and providing Marylanders with an enjoyable source of entertainment,” Martin said. “To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we’ve planned a lot of great games and promotions that we’re eager to share with everyone.”
In February, the Maryland Lottery will launch its first $50 scratch-off ticket, 50 Years!, featuring three $5 million top prizes. February will also mark the beginning of the 50th Anniversary Cash Bash Promotion, with another chance for players to win up to $5 million by entering eligible scratch-offs and draw game tickets. The 50th Anniversary Cash Bash Promotion will culminate in September with an event that will be held at the Maryland State Fair with 10 finalists vying for a grand prize of up to $5 million.
In addition, the Lottery will launch the $2 Instant Lottery scratch-off game in February, paying homage to Maryland’s inaugural scratch-off game of the same name, which launched in 1976.