Maryland Lottery Laws

Playing the lottery can be a fun way to spend a few hours. You get to dream about winning a life-changing prize. However, the odds of winning are relatively low.

There are two major lotteries in the United States. The Florida Lottery has prizes ranging from $25 to $500. Another game, Pick 4, offers prizes from $100 to $5,000.

There are also several online lotteries. Most are free to play and offer a wide selection of games. Some are more complicated than others, however, so it is important to familiarize yourself with the rules.

In Maryland, the lottery is run through a real-time, computerized system. Tickets are sold at licensed retail establishments in the state. Those who sell tickets must be at least 21 years of age. It is illegal to buy tickets for minors. They can be fined up to $200 if they do.

Lottery sales rose 46% in November compared to the same month in 2021. Interest in the Powerball pushed ticket sales up to $35.5 million.

The Minnesota Lottery has a complex system for handling underage players. Underage players cannot receive any prizes or gifts. Those who purchase tickets must be at least 18 years of age.

The lottery is legal in Maryland, but there are unique quirks in the law. For example, minors under the age of 18 cannot purchase lottery shares. This is a misdemeanor.

Other laws prevent children under the age of 18 from participating in bingo, pari-mutuel betting on horse races, or pull-tabs. In addition, those under the age of 18 are not permitted to be recruited for advertising.