Frequently Asked Questions
What games does the Maryland Lottery offer and how do you play them?
The Maryland Lottery offers a diverse range of games to suit all types of players. Click HERE for game descriptions and rules.
Where can you play the Lottery?
There are more than 4,500 Lottery retailers across the state in venues of all types and sizes, including convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, bars, bowling alleys and grocery stores. To find a location in your area, click HERE for our Retailer Locator.
I have a winning ticket, how do I claim my prize?
All Maryland Lottery retailers are authorized to redeem winning tickets up to $600, or winners can bring tickets to the Maryland Lottery’s office in Baltimore. The address, phone number and office hours for the Lottery’s Baltimore office are listed HERE.
Winning tickets up to $5,000 can be redeemed at any Maryland Lottery Expanded Cashing Authority Program (XCAP) retailer. A list of the Lottery’s 300+ XCAP locations is available HERE.
Winning tickets with a value of $5,001 or more may be redeemed at the Maryland Lottery’s Customer Resource Center located at:
Montgomery Business Park
1800 Washington Blvd, Suite 330
Baltimore, MD 21230
Please allow at least 15 business days for processing any winning tickets with a value of more than $25,000.
Currently, all customer resource center visitors must make an appointment in advance. No walk-ins will be allowed. Schedule your appointment here.
Prizes of any value can be claimed by mail. Instructions for claiming by mail can be found HERE.
When claiming any prize of $601 or more, you must show proof of your Social Security Number or Tax ID Number and a photo ID that proves you are at least 18 years old. A list of acceptable forms of identification is available HERE.
I received a phone call/email/letter in the mail from someone claiming that I won a Maryland Lottery prize. Is this true, or is it a scam?
The Maryland Lottery will contact you if you’ve won a prize in one of our promotional or second-chance drawings, or if you are a Mega Millions, Multi-Match, Powerball or Cash4Life subscriber who has won a prize. The Maryland Lottery will never ask for your bank information or Social Security number over the phone, nor will we ever require you to pay a fee or make special additional purchases in order to claim a prize.
If you did not enter a Maryland Lottery second-chance contest, or if you are not a subscriber, you will not receive calls, emails or letters from the Maryland Lottery telling you that you’ve won.
If you receive suspicious contact from someone claiming to represent the Maryland Lottery, please feel free to contact us by calling our Baltimore headquarters at 410-230-8800 or send us an email at email@example.com.
Will there be taxes deducted from my prize?
For prizes of $500 to $5,000, you must file a Maryland Form 502D and pay taxes on those winnings within 60 days of receiving your prize. Click HERE for more information.
For prizes of $5,001 or more, the Lottery is required by law to deduct the following taxes from your winnings:
• 24% federal tax;
• 8.75% state tax if you are a Maryland resident, or;
• 7.5% state tax if you are not a Maryland resident.
In addition, Lottery winnings must be reported as income when you file your tax return. In many cases, this will have a significant impact on your tax situation. Tax laws are complex and constantly changing. We strongly recommend that you consider seeking tax and financial advice from experienced professionals.
Is there a deadline for cashing winning tickets?
Yes. Winning tickets for draw games (Pick 3, Pick 4, Bonus Match 5, Multi-Match, 5 Card Cash, Powerball, Mega Millions, Keno, Cash4Life and Racetrax), must be redeemed within 182 days from the drawing dates. The last dates to claim prizes on scratch-off tickets vary for each ticket and are available in the scratch-off section of mdlottery.com. If a scratch-off ticket does not have a last date to claim listed, it means none has been established yet. Last dates to claim on scratch-off tickets are always announced with 182 days’ notice.
I had a problem cashing a ticket at a Lottery retailer. What should I do?
Ask the retailer to print a receipt showing what happened when your ticket was scanned. Keep that receipt and your ticket in your possession. Call Lottery headquarters at 410-230-8800 and ask to speak with our Security Division, which handles questions that deal with validating and cashing tickets.
I scanned my ticket at a Lottery retailer and the terminal gave me an error message. Can I take it to a different retailer to cash it?
No. If you receive an error message from the Lottery terminal, you will need to contact the Lottery’s Security Division to resolve the issue. Call 410-230-8800.
Where can I find a list of ADA-compliant retailers?
Click here for a list of ADA-compliant retailers. (Updated May 2018)
How can I find the winning numbers?
Winning numbers are published on mdlottery.com and available at all Lottery retailers. They can also be found in the following ways:
• Call 410-230-8830 for our automated winning numbers line.
• Download our free Maryland Lottery app for your smartphone from iTunes or the Google Play store. Click HERE for information.
When are winning numbers drawn?
There are Lottery drawings seven days a week. A schedule of drawings that are aired live on WBAL-TV Channel 11 is available HERE.
5 Card Cash drawings are conducted off-air, due to time constraints. Videos of Pick 3, Pick 4, Bonus Match 5 and Multi-Match drawings are available on our website.
Cash4Life drawings are not televised but can be viewed live at 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Click HERE.
Why don’t you televise all of the drawings on Saturdays and Sundays?
Federal Communications Commission regulations prohibit the broadcast of Lottery drawings during any children’s programming, which is shown on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m. As a result, the Lottery conducts Saturday midday drawings off-air and scrolls the winning numbers after children’s programming has ended. Sunday drawings are televised unless WBAL-TV Channel 11 is carrying national network programming.
Are Lottery drawings random?
Winning numbers have always been – and will continue to be – purely the luck of the draw and a matter of random chance. Every drawing in Lottery’s drawing games is an independent and unique event. The result of each drawing is completely unaffected by the result of any previous drawing. In addition, each number has the same exact chance of being drawn as any other number at any point in time.
Random drawings do occasionally produce unusual results. Because of this, there may appear to be patterns or sequences emerging from time to time. But these are simply the results of random chance. Our drawings are overseen by multiple witnesses, and we have significant safeguards and procedures in place to ensure that our games are conducted with honesty, integrity and transparency.
Why does it seem that many winners are from the same county or area?
There is no way to predict where a winning ticket will be sold. However, there are likely to be more winners from more densely populated areas of the state because more tickets are being sold in those areas. Please click HERE to take a look at our winners’ stories. You’ll see that we have winners from all over the state.
In addition, high-population areas with large numbers of players, such as Baltimore, cover a wide geographical area. According to the U.S. Postal Service website, there are 60 different zip codes for Baltimore. Players come from localities throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. For example, a winner from zip code 21286 may be listed on our website as a resident of Baltimore, even though residents of this zip code may be from Baltimore, Loch Raven or Towson.
Are subscriptions available?
Subscriptions are available for Mega Millions, Multi-Match, Powerball and Cash4Life through the Lottery’s My Lottery Rewards website. You must have a Maryland mailing to create a subscription for the Maryland Lottery. Click HERE for information on the Maryland Lottery’s subscriptions.
If I win the Multi-Match, Mega Millions or Powerball jackpots and chose the annuity, what happens to my winnings if I die?
Winners are able to name a beneficiary when claiming an annuity prize. Before you claim your prize, please be aware that there may be tax and/or estate consequences related to how a Lottery prize is claimed and whose name(s) appear on the ticket and claim form. We recommend speaking with a licensed financial advisor before submitting your claim form.
Mega Millions and Powerball are played in what states?
Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are available in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. You can only cash winning tickets in the jurisdiction in which they were sold.
What can I win playing Mega Millions and Powerball?
Mega Millions jackpots start at $40 million, and second-tier prizes are $1 million. The jackpot increases after every drawing if no one wins. If you add the Megaplier feature for an additional $1, non-jackpot prizes are multiplied up to five times depending on which Megaplier number is drawn. For the complete Mega Millions prize structure, click HERE.
Powerball jackpots start at $40 million, and second-tier prizes are $1 million. Adding the Power Play option for an additional $1 increases your winnings on all prizes except the jackpot. A second-tier $1 million prize will be doubled to $2 million if you selected the Power Play option. Prizes of smaller amounts will be multiplied as much as 10 times, depending on which Power Play multiplier is drawn. For the complete Powerball prize structure, click HERE.
Is there help available for people who might have a gambling problem?
The Lottery is a game of chance and meant only as a form of entertainment and recreation. No one should depend on the Lottery to supplement their income or pay bills. If you feel that you may have a problem with gambling, click HERE to find resources available from the Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling (MARG). You can also call 1-800-GAMBLER and speak confidentially with someone who can help you access various services including financial help, support groups and counseling.
What is My Lottery Rewards and how do I join?
My Lottery Rewards is a free player loyalty program that allows you to redeem Lottery tickets for points that you can use to acquire items in the Points for Prizes store. My Lottery Rewards is also the portal for purchasing subscriptions to Mega Millions, Powerball, Multi-Match and Cash4Life. Register for free by clicking HERE. Once your account is created you can enter the validation codes from any eligible draw game tickets (winning or non-winning) and from non-winning scratch-off tickets to start earning points. We also periodically run second-chance contests through My Lottery Rewards. Entering your tickets for these contests could win you cash or a variety of other prizes. For the latest news on second-chance contests, click HERE.
I’m having problems signing in to My Lottery Rewards or entering my tickets. How can I get help?
Call the Rewards Player Services staff at 1-800-201-0108, or click HERE to submit the details about the problems you’re experiencing directly to the Player Services team.
How do I contact the Lottery for general questions?
Where can I find information on casinos, including revenue reports?
Visit mdgaming.com to find information on Maryland’s casinos, including monthly revenue reports.
Where can I find information on the Maryland Lottery Gaming Commission?
Visit mdgaming.com to find member bios and records of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control’s Commission meetings.
Where can I find information on licensing?
Visit mdgaming.com to find forms and information on licensing.
Where can I find information on instant bingo, skills-based amusement devices, and instant ticket lottery machines?
Visit mdgaming.com to find information on additional forms of gaming that the MLGCA regulates.
Where can I find information on procurement?
Visit mdgaming.com to find information on eMaryland Marketplace’s current and closed RFPs.