MD Lottery winning numbers today
Playing the Maryland lottery is more than just a fun way to try your luck and pass the time. State lotteries, including the Maryland lottery, help a state in many ways. Often it is up to the voters to decide how the proceeds from the lottery will be distributed to help the state, and it is the voters who generally get to decide whether or not to pass a lottery in the first place.
Maryland Lottery History
The Maryland Lottery began in 1972 with one game. The citizens of the state of Maryland approved the state lottery system and officials had to act quickly to get the program up and running. Six months after being approved by the voter population, the state of Maryland officially began their state lottery introducing their first game titled Twin Win. This game offered players the chance to win cash prizes anywhere in the range of $2 to $1 million.
Over the course of the next ten years, new games were slowly introduced. These new games included Pick 3, Pick 4, Scratch Offs, and Lotto. All of these games are still a part of the lotto options that are offered today. Since adding these games, the Maryland Lottery has also included other new offerings in its lineup, including Mega Bucks. The state also joined the National Lottery by implementing the PowerBall.
Maryland Lottery Proceeds
Maryland state lotteries contribute to multiple state programs, as promised to the voters when the lottery is approved. Proceeds from the sale of Maryland lottery tickets are used to fund multiple organizations and state programs.
- In the year 2009, the state of Maryland’s lottery saw profits of $1.698 billion.
- The Maryland Lottery donates most of their proceeds to the General Fund for the state.
- The overseer for the General Fund then has the responsibility to use the money as he or she deems fit to help the state in different areas.
- The money in the General Fund is used to support services throughout the state such as education, public health, human resources, public safety, and all other programs designed to help better the lives of the people that live in the state of Maryland.
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