Power-hitting buoys the Birds and sets off celebrations for Contestants of the Game

As Baltimore keeps pace in battle for the AL East, Lottery winners are celebrating the home run tally

The Orioles return home this week, and despite a rigorous schedule against their American League East competitors, they’re not only a serious contender for the division title, they are leading the major leagues in home runs. To put it mildly, that’s great news for participants in the Maryland Lottery’s Home Run Riches Contestant of the Game Promotion.

The Orioles have many standout hitters, but none is shining more brightly this season than Gunnar Henderson, whose 21 home runs have kept the shortstop in a race for the major league lead.

Every time Henderson hits one out, circles the bases and then trots to the hydration station, his teammates are all smiles, and the Lottery’s Contestants of the Game are celebrating along with the Oriole dugout. Each Contestant is assigned to a game and receives $500 for being selected and another $500 for each home run the Orioles hit in that game. And if the O’s hit a grand slam – as they have four times this season – the Contestant of the Game lands a $5,000 prize. 

Those four grand slams – two by Adley Rutschman and one each by Anthony Santander and Henderson – are among 105 home runs the Orioles have sent out of the park so far this season, delivering a total of $103,500 in prizes for the Contestants of the Game.

Contestants of the Game are selected in monthly drawings through August, and there are still three more drawings to go. The next entry deadline is June 24, 2024, and the Contestants for July games will be drawn on June 25. Click here to get all the details.

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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