Maryland Lottery and Gaming Regulations

Maryland lotteries offer a variety of games. Players can play seven number drawing games and several scratch-ticket games. The lottery also provides table games, such as blackjack and poker.

To buy a lottery ticket, a person must be at least eighteen years old. Tickets can be purchased at licensed retail locations. Alternatively, tickets can be redeemed at Maryland’s six casinos. Retailers are required to make an appointment to claim a prize of over $600.

The Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency regulates gaming operations at Maryland casinos. The agency conducts audits, monitors slot machine ownership, and implements responsible gambling programs.

Ticket sales are prohibited to persons under the age of 18. In addition, retailers cannot provide tickets to minors. Those who sell or give Lottery shares to a minor are charged with a misdemeanor. Those who commit a civil violation face a maximum fine of $200.

Maryland’s lottery and gaming funds are allocated to several state programs. In fiscal year 2020, the lottery revenue contributed over $160 million to these state programs. These funds are used to support the arts and other state programs. Funds are distributed to seven state arts agencies.

The lottery and gaming funds are also important sources of income for state arts agencies in West Virginia, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. They are also used by several tribal nations to fund state agency programs.

Lottery and gaming taxes are also used to help finance the state’s education system. A portion of the tax is dedicated to the Education, Arts, Sciences, and Tourism Debt Service Fund.