The Press: Baltimore Standoff

When Maryland started a $50,000-a-week lottery in late May, Baltimore's two afternoon papers, the Evening Sun and Hearst's News American, stood to benefit by printing winning numbers daily. Then the promotion-minded News American, which had a small lead in readership but lagged far behind the Sun in ad linage, came up with a shrewd gimmick. It began running daily lists of 51 "losers," numbers not drawn in the state lottery but for which the News offers cash consolation prizes ranging from $10 to $100. Sundays, the loser of the week gets a $500 jackpot.

For 2½ weeks, Sun executives watched a stampede...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!