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With jackpot games down, lottery seeks winning formula

With jackpot games down, lottery seeks winning formula

The state's lottery chief stood up and promoted rising sales of instant tickets, those wildly colorful scratch-off cards full of dollar signs and exclamation points. "Our success story," said Gina T. Smith, acting director of the Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, at a recent meeting of its oversight commission. Sales of the tickets are up more than $60 million, or 14 percent, over the first 11 months of the fiscal year compared with a year earlier, she said. But — as any lottery player knows — wins are inevitably intermingled with losses. While the popularity of instant tickets is surging, sales of most other games in Maryland — including Powerball...

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