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Lured by high payouts, Marylanders turn $30 lottery ticket into top seller

Lured by high payouts, Marylanders turn $30 lottery ticket into top seller

The Lottery’s most expensive “scratch-off” ticket ever has turned into its newest cash cow — a $30 game showing Marylanders’ willingness to dig deeper than ever to dream of making an instant fortune.

A year after it was introduced, the ticket — physically larger than other scratch-offs and depicting its top prize in glittery gold lettering, “$2,000,000 Fortune!” — has become the state’s best seller.

“It did really, really well” in 2017, said lottery chief Gordon Medenica. “It was the top seller probably for 48 of the 52 weeks.”

It is so popular that Maryland is introducing another $30 ticket called “$2,000,000 Mega Bucks” on Feb. 26. Promotional posters for the new...

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