Gunnar Gunning for ROY as Heroic Hitting Aids Orioles’ Push for the Postseason

Henderson’s HRs are a big hit with Maryland Lottery’s Home Run Riches second-chance winners.


As the calendar turns toward the final month of the season, the Baltimore Orioles remain perched atop the American League East Division. A large part of that success was the meteoric rise of rookie Gunnar Henderson. 


While the team is pushing for the postseason, Henderson could be making his own push for American League Rookie of the Year consideration. Henderson has been contributing spectacular defense, and at the plate he’s been one of the team’s top contributors as the Orioles have surged to the top of the standings. He leads the team in slugging percentage, is second in on-base percentage, and is a team leader in home runs (second only to Anthony Santander). Henderson has gotten hot at the right time, hitting .279 with four home runs and 16 RBI through the first 19 games of August. 


That’s great news for the fans taking part in the Maryland Lottery’s Home Run Riches Contestant of the Game Promotion, who win big when Henderson or any of his teammates hits a homer. The Maryland Lottery has been selecting a Contestant of the Game for each of the Orioles’ regular season games. Each winner receives $500 for being selected, and is designated as the Contestant of the Game for an upcoming Orioles matchup. The Contestants of the Game will also win an additional $500 for each home run the Orioles hit during their designated game. So far, the Orioles have hit 147 home runs, delivering $186,500 in prizes for the Lottery’s Home Run Riches Contestants of the Game.


The Contestants for the final 29 games of the season will be selected on Aug. 29, and the Lottery will also be selecting one lucky winner of a 50,000 prize in this final drawing. The deadline to be part of that drawing is 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 28. 


To participate, enter winning and non-winning FAST PLAY Home Run Riches tickets into your My Lottery Rewards account now through the final deadline of Aug. 28. Not a member of My Lottery Rewards? Click here to start your free account today!


The FAST PLAY Home Run Riches game coincides with the 2023 Orioles baseball season. The $5 ticket is available from terminals or self-service vending machines at all Maryland Lottery retailers and features instant-win prizes ranging from $5 to $5,000. Its top instant-win prize is a progressive jackpot that starts at $40,000 and grows with the sale of each ticket until a jackpot-winning ticket is sold.


This article is presented by the Maryland Lottery

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