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Gordon Medenica
Gordon Medenica

Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency

  • 1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 330
  • Baltimore, MD 21230 - US
  • 410-230-8800
  • 4,539
  • $1,133,301,463
    Prizes Paid to Players
  • $3,049,516,212
  • $1,026,710,275
    Transfers to Beneficiaries
* Information displayed reflects data collected for fiscal year 2016

Lottery Impact on the Economy

  • In Maryland, 4,539 retailers generated $3,049,516,212 in gross sales.
  • This economic activity generated $1,026,710,275 in transfers to beneficiaries.
  • $1,133,301,463 was awarded to players in prizes.

History of Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency

In 1972, Maryland voters overwhelmingly approved the creation of the Maryland Lottery, making Maryland the eighth state in the nation to establish a lottery. The Lottery opened for business on Jan. 2, 1973 with 94 employees and 3,800 licensed sales agents. 

The Lottery’s first game, Twin Win, offered a top prize of $50,000 and the first drawing was held May 24, 1973. Scratch-off tickets debuted in February 1976, followed by Pick 3 in July 1976. Today, the Lottery offers 10 draw games and more than 50 scratch-off games.

In 1978, the Lottery’s annual contribution to the state surpassed the $100 million mark for the first time. By 1986, the total had surpassed the $300 million mark. Contributions to the state from Lottery ticket sales have exceeded $500 million in all but two years since 2006 and reached an all-time high of $569.8 million in FY2016. 

In 2008, voters approved a referendum allowing up to 15,000 slot machines at five privately owned casinos. Between 2010 and 2014, Maryland’s five casinos opened: 


  • Sept. 27, 2010: Hollywood Casino Perryville, Cecil County
  • Jan. 4, 2011: Casino at Ocean Downs, Worcester County
  • June 6, 2012: Maryland Live Casino, Anne Arundel County
  • May 22, 2013: Rocky Gap Casino Resort, Allegany County
  • Aug. 26, 2014: Horseshoe Casino, Baltimore City


Revenues from Maryland’s casinos have contributed more than $3.9 billion to the state. 

To reflect its additional responsibilities as regulator of the state’s casinos, the Maryland State Lottery Agency’s name was changed to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency in October 2012. One month later, voters approved a casino gaming expansion referendum that allowed 24-hour operations, table gaming and the addition of a sixth casino, MGM National Harbor, which is scheduled to open in Prince George’s County during FY2017.

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