Maryland Lottery to Introduce $50 Scratch-Off with $5 Million Top Prize

February 20, 2023 | Vendor News

The 50th-anniversary celebration continues with new games, promotions

Maryland (February 15, 2023) — The Maryland Lottery will continue its 50th anniversary year on Feb. 20 with the launch of new games and promotions, including the introduction of our first $50 scratch-off ticket. There’s also a second-chance promotion loaded with cash prizes and a scratch-off game that celebrates the nostalgia of the Lottery’s earliest days nearly five decades ago.

“Our 50th anniversary is a great time to look back at where we’ve been, but we’re also looking forward,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin. “We’ve got a lot of exciting games and promotions planned for this year. It’s only February, so we’re just getting started.

Following in the footsteps of 13 other lotteries across the U.S., the Maryland Lottery will launch a $50 scratch-off, 50 Years!. The game has three $5 million top prizes — the largest scratch-off prizes the Maryland Lottery has ever offered. The 50 Years! the ticket also has nine prizes of $100,000, six prizes of $50,000, and more than 1.3 million additional prizes.

Another opportunity to win up to $5 million will be available through the 50th Anniversary Cash Bash second-chance promotion. From Feb. 20 through Aug. 1, members of the My Lottery Rewards player loyalty program will receive one entry into the promotion for every $50 worth of eligible Lottery tickets entered into their accounts. Five drawings will be held from March through August that will award 50 prizes of $1,000 and 50 prizes of $2,500. The promotion will also select 10 finalists for an event to be held in September at the Maryland State Fair, where one of the finalists will have a chance to win up to $5 million!

In addition, the Maryland Lottery’s first-ever scratch-off ticket is making a comeback. The Instant Lottery game returns with an updated design similar to the original ticket that launched in 1976. Non-winning Instant Lottery tickets are eligible for the 50th Anniversary Cash Bash promotion, as well as a separate Instant Lottery second-chance promotion offering five $10,000 prizes.

More games and promotions to celebrate our 50th anniversary will be announced in future months. For a complete list of Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency historical milestones, click here.

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

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