Lottery’s Contestant of the Game promotion returns with exciting new feature

Fan-favorite second-chance contest adds new grand slam twist

With the 2024 season underway, Orioles fans are enjoying the team’s quest for a second consecutive American League East division title. With new ownership, the returning nucleus of last year’s 101-win team and plenty of up-and-coming talent on the horizon, the future looks bright and orange-tinted. Understandably, fan excitement is at a fever-pitch with the potential that the 2024 season presents for the Birds.

Some of the fans with great expectations for the Orioles in 2024 are also participating in this year’s Home Run Riches Contestant of the Game promotion from the Maryland Lottery. The FAST PLAY Home Run Riches Bases Loaded game and second chance promotion are back with an exciting new twist. 

This year, the Lottery’s baseball-themed second chance promotion will include a chance for fans to win big money when the Orioles hit home runs – especially when Birds betters connect for grand slams. This season’s 162 Contestants of the Game will be selected in monthly drawings through August. Each winner receives $500 for being selected and will be designated as the Contestant of the Game for an upcoming Orioles matchup. They’ll also win an additional $500 for each home run or $5,000 for each grand slam hit by the Orioles during their designated game. 

The potential for winning big both on the field and in the Lottery’s promotion is high: In 2023 the Orioles sent a batter to the plate with the bases loaded 109 times and hit six grand slams. Additionally, the Orioles slugged a total of 183 home runs last season leading to $222,000 in prizes for the Contestants of the Game. 

The first month’s worth of Contestants have already been selected, but there are five more monthly drawings to pick the winners for the remainder of the season. The next deadline for entries is April 22. To participate, enter winning or non-winning FAST PLAY Home Run Riches Bases Loaded tickets into your My Lottery Rewards account now through Aug. 26, 2024. Not a member of My Lottery Rewards? Click here to start your free account today!


The $5 FAST PLAY Home Run Riches Bases Loaded game is available from clerk-operated terminals or self-service vending machines at all Maryland Lottery retailers. The game features a progressive jackpot that starts at $40,000 and grows with the sale of each ticket until a jackpot-winning ticket is sold. There are also thousands of additional prizes ranging from $5 to $5,000. 

This article is presented by the Maryland Lottery.

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