Published: February 15, 2023

Maryland Lottery to Introduce $50 Scratch-off with $5 Million Top Prize

For Immediate Release       

Feb. 15, 2023 


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Maryland Lottery to Introduce $50 Scratch-off with $5 Million Top Prize

50th anniversary celebration continues with new games, promotions

(Baltimore) — The Maryland Lottery will continue its 50th anniversary year on Feb. 20 with the launch of new games and promotions, including the introduction of our first $50 scratch-off ticket. There’s also a second-chance promotion loaded with cash prizes and a scratch-off game that celebrates the nostalgia of the Lottery’s earliest days nearly five decades ago.

“Our 50th anniversary is a great time to look back at where we’ve been, but we’re also looking forward,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin. “We’ve got a lot of exciting games and promotions planned for this year. It’s only February, so we’re just getting started.”

Following in the footsteps of 13 other lotteries across the U.S., the Maryland Lottery will launch a $50 scratch-off, 50 Years!. The game has three $5 million top prizes — the largest scratch-off prizes the Maryland Lottery has ever offered. The 50 Years! ticket also has nine prizes of $100,000, six prizes of $50,000 and more than 1.3 million additional prizes.

Another opportunity to win up to $5 million will be available through the 50th Anniversary Cash Bash second-chance promotion. From Feb. 20 through Aug. 1, members of the My Lottery Rewards player loyalty program will receive one entry into the promotion for every $50 worth of eligible Lottery tickets entered into their accounts. Five drawings will be held from March through August that will award 50 prizes of $1,000 and 50 prizes of $2,500. The promotion will also select 10 finalists for an event to be held in September at the Maryland State Fair, where one of the finalists will have a chance to win up to $5 million!

In addition, the Maryland Lottery’s first-ever scratch-off ticket is making a comeback. The Instant Lottery game returns with an updated design similar to the original ticket that launched in 1976. Non-winning Instant Lottery tickets are eligible for the Cash Bash promotion, as well as a separate Instant Lottery second-chance promotion offering five $10,000 prizes.  

More games and promotions to celebrate our 50th anniversary will be announced in future months. For a complete list of Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency historical milestones, click here.

About Maryland Lottery and Gaming

Since its inception in 1973, the Maryland Lottery has awarded more than $31.5 billion in prizes to Lottery players and generated more than $18.6 billion in Lottery revenue to the State of Maryland. One of Maryland’s largest revenue sources, the Lottery supports important state programs and services including education, public safety and health, human resources and the environment. Maryland Lottery and Gaming also serves as regulator of the state’s casino and sports wagering programs, which launched in 2010 and 2021, respectively. For Lottery information, visit For casino and sports wagering information, visit Maryland Lottery and Gaming strongly encourages responsible play. Maryland residents can obtain confidential help with a gambling problem at no cost by calling 1-800-GAMBLER or visiting







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