- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 29, 2002

ANNAPOLIS (AP) State lottery officials are asking the General Assembly for permission to work with other states and countries on games that would produce huge jackpots and spur more people to play.
The International Lottery Alliance's multijurisdictional lottery plan calls for a game to be started next year, according to a state document accompanying the proposal that would allow Maryland to join.
Officials say they are constantly monitoring which games are gaining or losing popularity and coming up with new gaming ideas. However, looking to other regions for players and bigger payouts gives the Maryland another alternative, they say.
"The main goal we have is, if something else arrives that is in our interest, we want to jump on it," said lottery director Buddy Roogow.
The move would be a boon to a sputtering economy that has seen slowing tax receipts, officials say. Gov. Parris N. Glendening hopes lottery players would spend almost $1.3 billion on games, which would generate $409 million for Maryland after prizes, operations and other expenses.
The bill has been approved by the Senate Finance Committee and is awaiting a final vote by the entire chamber before moving to the House of Delegates.
Analysts say the international game could bring in roughly $30 million in sales by its second year and $12 million in net revenue. Maryland is also bringing back Bonus Match 5, which was last seen in 1998 and is expected to generate $18 million in the next fiscal year.
Lottery revenues are the state's third-largest source of revenue after sales and income taxes.
Some lawmakers are worried the state may not be able to monitor where its money goes.
"I'm not sure there's any oversight," said state Sen. J. Lowell Stoltzfus, Somerset County Republican. "Organized crime has typically been involved in gambling. I'm not sure we have the oversight to ensure a fair return to Maryland, or an ethical operation."
Maryland is currently part of Big Game, a lottery that includes New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, Georgia, Illinois and Michigan.

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