Maryland Lottery Regulations

The Maryland Lottery offers several games to play. There are seven number drawing games and dozens of scratch ticket games. You can also try your luck with Fast Play instant games, which are similar to scratch tickets but can offer you prizes as high as $2 million.

Tickets for the Lottery are sold at authorized retail locations across the state. Those under the age of 18 are prohibited from purchasing tickets. In addition, retailers are not allowed to sell or furnish tickets to minors. Those who sell or furnish tickets to minors are subject to a civil penalty of up to $200.

The Lottery has two divisions: the Administrative, Finance and Operations Division and the Information Technology Division. Both divisions are responsible for internal data systems, website infrastructure, and technical assistance to the Agency.

Information Technology began as the Electronic Data Processing, Research and Development Division. It was later merged with the Administration, Finance and Operations Division. A subunit was added in November 2015, when it became a subunit of the Information Technology Division.

As the official gambling authority of the State of Maryland, the State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (SLGC) is responsible for regulating casino and sports wagering activities. It also regulates smaller ancillary gaming programs.

For example, it oversees the Maryland Video Lottery Program, which operates slots gambling. The agency also regulates on-line fantasy competitions and privately held businesses.

Maryland’s gaming laws have some unique quirks. Since 2016, the Maryland Lottery has been receiving revenue from the admission tax and amusement tax. The remaining funds are deposited into the State General Fund.