Aug 4, 2009, 4:14 pm
The Maryland Lottery's Green Ball Double Draw promotion was triggered three times this past weekend, paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra prize money to players of the Pick 3 game.
The green ball appeared during Saturday's midday drawing and during both the midday and evening drawing on Sunday, paying out an additional $310,595 in winnings for Pick 3 players.
Since the promotion's start on July 20, seven green balls have been drawn, resulting in $730,800 in additional Pick 3 pay-outs.
During Green Ball Double Draw, Lottery officials conduct an additional drawing after the midday and evening Pick 3 drawings, providing the possibility for an additional Pick 3 drawing. The drawing takes place in a separate machine that contains 12 white balls and 1 green ball. If the green ball is drawn, a second set of Pick 3 numbers are drawn, thus doubling the chances that players will win.
Green Ball Double Draw will continue until August 16.
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