You won't need to visit a convenience or grocery store to buy a scratch ticket if you want to take your chances with either the Washington, D.C., Lottery or the Maryland Lottery over the coming weeks and months.
Both are hitting the streets with a variety of events that will either be offering on-the-spot opportunities for winning cash and prizes or educating the public about the lottery's history. Here's a quick guide to where and when you can find the D.C. Lottery and Maryland Lottery around town.
Money Machine Madness
The D.C. Lottery will be at the Verizon Center for select Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards home games throughout the months of March and April, offering individuals the chance to win up to $10,000. The Money Machine is a contraption with a powerful air circulator blasting money all around contestants, who have a set amount of time to grab and hold onto as much as they can.
The carnival-style attraction is typically more difficult than participants imagine but always seems to be a fun activity that drums up serious interest. Participants with Money Machine Madness must purchase $20 of D.C. Lottery products on-site to be eligible.
Lucky Lottery Mobile
The D.C. Lottery is also cruising around the District with the Lucky Lottery Mobile, making stops around town and offering various games and opportunities to win either cash or prizes. The D.C. Lottery Twitter account provides the latest whereabouts and stops.
40 Years/40 Stories
Meanwhile, the Maryland Lottery is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, a popular Inner Harbor attraction along Key Highway.
The exhibit, entitled "40 Years/40 Stories," opened to the public on March 3 and takes a look back at various milestones, winners, and events over the years, along with unique or iconic games, scratch-off tickets, advertising, and other visuals.
More information is also available at the BMI's special exhibit page, where they mention that the exhibit will showcase the Lottery's "important economic and social role in Maryland." The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult admission costs $12.
Jake Emen is a freelance writer based in Bethesda, Maryland, with experience covering local news stories and events for a number of online publications. He also provides online marketing solutions for local businesses via WashingtonDCSEO.net.