March 10, 2014 – The Maryland Lottery last week drew the names of more than 50 winners in the Medal Madness promotion, which ran from Jan. 20 through Feb. 23.
The winner of the $250,000 top prize in the Medal Madness drawing was 82-year-old Emerald Blue, of Temple Hills. According to a Maryland Lottery press release, Blue and his family arrived at Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim their prize.
“He is the luckiest man I know [and] we’re so happy for him,” Blue’s son told Lottery officials.
Windsor Mill resident Ulysses Eure, Jr., was the winner of the $50,000 Medal Madness second prize, and Donna Price, from Glen Burnie, won the $25,000 third prize.
Eure told lottery officials he’d use some of the money to move back to his hometown in North Carolina, and Price said she’d use some of her winnings to help pay the bills.
Along with the top three winners, the Lottery also drew 50 other names last week. Those 50 winners will each receive $1,000 cash prizes from the Medal Madness promotion.
The Medal Madness promotion gave players an opportunity to “go for gold,” with the bronze, silver and gold “medals” printing out on any of the lottery’s draw game tickets.
But it also gave the Lottery an opportunity to grow its fan base a bit. When they launched the game, Maryland Lottery officials said they would add $25,000 to the prize pool if they got 62,500 “likes” on their Facebook page.
That goal was met, and another 25 prizes worth $1,000 were added to the pool. Had they reached 65,000 “likes,” the Lottery was prepared to add two more of the $25,000 third prizes to the mix. The Lottery currently has over 63,000 Facebook “likes.”
Along with the extra opportunity to boost the odds, players everywhere were able to win instant vouchers worth $2, $5 or $10 during the promotion. The prizes would print out on any draw game ticket and players could use them for any game – a welcome treat during the Medal Madness promotion.