December 16th, 2014
Maryland among 23 states that have suspended sales in the national game
The Maryland Lottery announced today that it will suspend sales of the multi-state MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB™ game following the Friday, December 26 drawing. Sales for the game have not met the lottery industry’s projections.
“This is a necessary business decision,” said Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino. “Research indicated that players were looking for a game like this. Unfortunately, they have not embraced the concept as anticipated. We believe it is appropriate along with the other states selling the game to step back and assess the game’s future.”
Originally conceived as a multi-tiered drawing-style game, MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB™ debuted Oct. 19 in 23 states, but sales came in below industry projections, leading the Texas Lottery Commission to suspend sales of the game in that state following the Dec. 12 drawing. Lotteries participating in the game then made the decision Monday to end all sales in its current format later this month.
In the nine drawings since the game’s inception, Maryland had one $1 million Millionaire Club winner and six $20,000 winners, five of whom claimed their prizes from the game. The TV game show portion of MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB™ will continue along with travel plans for the 12 Maryland Lottery players who won trips to Las Vegas to be part of the show’s taping.
MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB™ players in Maryland will be able to claim prizes for 182 days following the draw date.
December 17th, 2014
|His red-hot luck with the number 7 brought a $7,777 scratch-off win to retired Baltimore County Fire Department Capt. Steven Sowa of Essex.
Essex retiree received winning scratch-off in birthday wreath
Steven Sowa of Essex and his lucky number 7 go way, way back.
The retired Baltimore County Fire Department captain married his sweetheart in 1972 and started working at the fire department in 1977, where he enjoyed a 32-year career. He worked at Station No. 7, which houses engines 7 and 71. So, when his daughter presented him with a birthday wreath she’d created using Maryland Lottery scratch-offs, Steven thought of his lucky number when he spotted a White Ice 7s scratch-off. He wasn’t disappointed – his lucky number came through again with a $7,777 prize on the $2 ticket.
“I saw 7s all the way down the column,” he said while claiming his prize at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. “Those 7s came around, baby!”
His wife at his side, the grandfather of two happily related the story of his December birthday gift that just keeps on giving. “There were easily a dozen scratch-offs on the wreath,” he said. “I finished them all last night.”
The father of two adult daughters and two granddaughters only had to scratch two of the instant tickets to find his lucky White Ice 7s. “I can’t believe it!” said his wife.
An occasional scratch-off player, the 65-year-old plays instant tickets “when I feel lucky,” he said. He plans to spend his prize on an extended-family summer vacation at Ocean City so his granddaughters can enjoy time at the beach like his daughters did year after year when they were growing up.
December 17th, 2014
Takes home $50,055 in prizes on Deluxe Cash Crossword game
A Hagerstown grandmother just turned her lucky bingo winnings into a triple Maryland Lottery scratch-off bonanza, taking home $50,055 in prizes on three Deluxe Cash Crossword instant tickets!
The fan of extended play scratch-offs bought four $5 Deluxe Cash Crossword scratch-offs from the Halfway Food Mart located at 11564 Hopewell Road in Hagerstown. The 65-year-old retiree paid for her purchase with her bingo winnings and enjoyed a wonderful holiday surprise.
“I came home and started to play the tickets,” she said. “I won $5, then $50 and the last ticket was the $50,000 win!” Still in a bit of shock, she triple-checked her ticket and all of the words. With the win confirmed and feeling overjoyed, the winner woke up her husband to share the good news. “He was half asleep,” she said, laughing. “He said. ‘That’s nice,’ and went back to sleep.”
Even though the fortunate player was holding a hot ticket, she also had no trouble sleeping. The Washington County resident claimed the game’s top prize at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. She plans to pay bills with her winnings and may spend some of the prize on the holidays. The Deluxe Cash Crossword scratch-off game has three remaining $50,000 top prizes and 11 second-tier $10,000 prizes.
December 15th, 2014
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December 15th, 2014
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