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Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services Launches Quarterly Lotteries That Will Provide Opportunities to Purchase Highly Sought Spirits

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Montgomery County’s Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) is kicking off the fall season with the first of four quarterly lotteries that will provide opportunities for residents to purchase highly sought spirits. The lotteries are free to enter and are open to Maryland residents age 21 and older. A total of 109 bottles will be available in the first lottery.

Registration for the lottery begins at noon on Sunday, Sept. 20. Maryland residents will have until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, to enter. After the lottery closes, a random drawing will be conducted and the winning numbers will be posted online on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Each resident entering the lottery will be able to select their top three preferences from the list of bottles available. Details on how to enter the lottery, including an entry form, are available on the ABS website at

The 109 bottles available for lottery winners to purchase will include:

  • Blanton’s Gold - $139.99
  • Bombergers Declaration - $99.99
  • EH Taylor Jr Barrel Proof - $79.99
  • Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel - $39.99
  • Michter’s Rye 10YR - $139.99
  • Shenks Homestead Sour Mash - $89.99
  • Weller Single Barrel Bourbon - $59.99
  • Wild Turkey Master’s Keep BIB - $189.99
  • Yamazaki 18YR - $349.99

A separate licensee lottery will be open to Montgomery County alcohol license holders who are authorized to sell spirits on their premises. The licensee lottery will run at the same time as the residents’ lottery and will boost availability of allocated items available by the glass in the County. 

“Alcohol Beverage Services is able to procure items that neighboring jurisdictions can’t get, or get very little of, and we are able to offer access to them at great prices,” said ABS Director Robert Dorfman.

ABS is the alcohol wholesaler of beer, wine and spirits for Montgomery County. ABS also operates 25 beer, wine and spirits stores and one spirits-only store. It manages alcohol licensing, enforcement and education for more than 1,000 businesses. Generating more than $35 million in net income annually, ABS profits are used to pay down County debt with a large portion deposited in the County general fund to pay for resident services that would otherwise be funded by County tax dollars.

Details on ABS activities are available on its website and also by following ABS on Facebook and Twitter.

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Release ID: 20-507
Media Contact: Emily Detitta 240-372-2282