NEW YORK — The Maryland lottery office will be open Monday for the first time in more than 30 years to receive donations for Hurricane Harvey relief.
The lottery office, which is owned by the state, has been closed since last Friday.
The Maryland Lottery Commission said it was opening the doors to the lottery office to allow people to check their lottery ticket and make donations.
The commission’s executive director, Lisa L. Brown, said Monday that the lottery has donated nearly $1 million to the hurricane relief effort.
The Maryland Lotteries Commission announced Monday that it will open its doors to a limited number of lottery ticket holders Monday.
They will be able to check the lottery ticket, which will show the number of winners in the previous drawing.
They can also make a donation of $2, $4, $10 or $100.
“The lottery will have its own operating hours as well,” she said.
Brown said the lottery will also be open for other charitable purposes, including a holiday card giveaway, an online game and a photo booth.
“We’ve been really blessed by the support of the community,” she told reporters.
The state lottery is currently open only for lottery tickets that are issued before Jan. 1, 2019, and for people who do not have a Maryland Lotting Authority ticket.
The office was closed since late November for Hurricane Matthew, which killed at least 13 people and damaged thousands of others in the state.