A Maryland Lottery customer, who as of Saturday remains unidentified, won the second-tier $1 million prize in the Mega Millions contest with a ticket purchased at a Klein's Shop Rite supermarket in Belcamp.
There was no jackpot winner in the drawing for a Powerball prize Wednesday night, but Thursday afternoon, players were already lining up to purchase more tickets in hopes winning the largest price in the game's history.
A $1 million Mega Millions ticket was sold at the Royal Farms in the 2700 block of Washington Boulevard in Southwest Baltimore, according to officials at the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission.
At the Soda Pop Shop, players love swapping anecdotes about big wins and near misses. There's always plenty to talk about since the store averages nearly $116,000 a week in lottery ticket sales, more than any of Maryland's other 4,500 lottery retailers
Maryland gaming officials approved a new lottery drawing game, called Cash4Life, on Thursday. The regulators also voted to allow casinos to lower required average annual payouts to players from slot machines.
Just as was the case 25 years ago, when the Maryland General Assembly session drew to a close this week, no legal gambling options were open to fraternal organizations in Harford County. Now, as it has been for more than a quarter of a century, this is an unfortunate problem for local community organizations that have the potential to benefit from local gambling in local fraternal houses.
Dystopian novelists — from Orwell to Bradbury to Collins — consistently sound intellectual alarm bells about the future of our democracy unless policies and practices change. A lottery for housing for poor people should do exactly the same. Rather than making it the stuff of popular culture, let's work toward the development of a true comprehensive housing policy — one based on actual human need and not blind luck.