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Maryland Lottery sales rank 9th in nation but everybody is chasing Massachusetts

Maryland Lottery sales rank 9th in nation but everybody is chasing Massachusetts

The Maryland Lottery ranks ninth among the nation’s 44 lottery-playing states in sales per capita, a state report says.

But all of the states are chasing lottery-mad Massachusetts, which has the highest payout percentages in the country and sells more tickets than much larger states such as Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio.

“Everybody looks at Massachusetts as kind of the gold standard, and a lot of their performance is instant tickets,” or “scratch-offs,” said Maryland Lottery director Gordon Medenica. “Nobody has been able to actually replicate the Massachusetts success.”

But Maryland sees opportunities to improve, Medenica said.

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