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The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission is an advisory board that works on behalf of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. This commission consists of seven different members that serve 4 year terms. The members of this commission are appointed by the Governor and are approved by the Maryland State Senate. In November of 2008, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission was given responsibility for regulating the operation and licensing of video lottery terminals and slot machines in Maryland.
The objective of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency is to generate revenue from gambling in order to support worthy causes in Maryland including public health, education, environment, human resources and public safety. This agency was established in 1973 and since then the agency has generated $13.3 billion in revenue for the state and has given over $20.8 billion for player prizes.
In 2007, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley along with the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation that allowed citizens in Maryland to vote on having a number of slot machines in the state. On November 4th, 2008 58% of voters approved this measure as well as voters in every county in Maryland.
This referendum authorized the state of Maryland to issue a maximum of 5 video lottery licenses for providing revenue for public school education for children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, improvements on public school and construction products for college and community colleges. There can only be a maximum of 15,000 video lottery terminals in the state and only a single license can be given for each location in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Worchester, Allegany Counties and Cecil.