Maryland Lottery Regulations

The Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency regulates gaming operations at Maryland casinos. It oversees slot machines, table games, video lottery terminals, and responsible gambling programs.

Maryland’s lottery is regulated through a computerized real-time system. Retailers sell lottery tickets, and lottery proceeds are credited to the State Lottery Fund. Tickets are also available for sale through self-service vending machines. To participate in lottery play, individuals must be at least 18 years old.

Maryland law prohibits the selling of lottery tickets to people under 18. The minimum age is set at 18. Additionally, it is illegal to recruit minors for any Lottery program or to give a prize to a minor.

In addition, the Maryland lottery does not allow persons under the age of 18 to purchase Lottery shares. This violation is punishable by a fine of up to $200.

The Maryland gaming control division monitors slot machine ownership and conducts audits of the lottery. They also provide resources for responsible gambling.

In Maryland, lottery agents are private companies that receive commissions from the sale of lottery tickets. However, they do not participate in the actual game.

A video lottery terminal is a stand-alone device that features multiple games. Most VLTs are connected to a centralized computer system, which allows the jurisdiction to collect revenue and monitor gameplay.

Fast Play instant games are similar to scratch-off tickets. Players purchase the tickets and select six randomly-generated numbers. Some jackpots are as high as $2 million. There are thousands of winning tickets available. Ticket prices vary from $1 to $20.