The Anne Arundel County Fire Department hit the jackpot on Wednesday, receiving a $7 million gambling-tax grant from Maryland Live Casino and Anne Arundel County.
The casino and the county awarded a total of $20 million in local impact grants for the new fiscal year, with the Anne Arundel County Police Department ($2 million), Meade High School ($3 million) and Anne Arundel Community College ($3.7 million) among the other big winners.
The community college helped Maryland Live launch a temporary casino dealer school in January and now teaches the trade at its Arundel Mills campus, a half-mile from the casino.
Anne Arundel receives 5.5 percent of slots revenue from state's largest casino and is tasked with determining distribution. For fiscal year 2013, which ended June 30, Maryland Live collected $431 million in gross slots revenue; the county's share was just over $23.7 million.