Texas Lottery reports record-breaking 2013
The Texas Lottery Commission today reported record results for fiscal year 2013, its best year for sales and revenue in the Lottery's 21-year history.
Sales of $4.376 billion topped the previous sales record of $4.19 billion set in 2012 and resulted in a total contribution of $1.214 billion to the state of Texas, the Lottery's single largest transfer of revenue to the state, including a contribution of $1.149 billion to the Foundation School Fund.
This is the 10th consecutive year that th ...
Nov 19, 2013, 6:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Southlake gas station sells winning $19.5M Texas Lotto ticket
What would you do with $19.5 million dollars?
A Southlake, Texas, gas station sold the $19.5 million winning ticket for Saturday's Lotto Texas jackpot, according to the Texas Lottery.
The winner, who chose the random Quick Pick option, has not been identified yet.
Today a lot of people came by to try their luck after learning the Shell station near North Kimball Avenue and Northwest Parkway had sold the drawing's only jackpot-winning ticket, employee Temesgen Desta said.
Desta said ...
Oct 22, 2013, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery chief named NASPL president
Gary Grief will serve one-year term with North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries
The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) has elected Gary Grief as president of the organization at the 2013 NASPL Annual Conference and Trade Show in Providence, Rhode Island. Grief is the executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission.
I am pleased to have Gary Grief serve as the new NASPL president, said David Gale, executive director of NASPL. His e ...
Oct 10, 2013, 3:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Dallas Cowboys continue partnership with Texas Lottery
Includes video report
Texas Lottery players and Dallas Cowboys fans have one more reason to celebrate football season with the latest version of the Dallas Cowboys scratch-off game. The fifth version of the $5 game offers more than $29 million in instant prizes including 12 top prizes of $100,000.
To date, the Dallas Cowboys scratch-off game has resulted in $184 million in sales with $125 million in prizes awarded to winners.
Players who do not win instantly can enter their tickets into ...
Sep 27, 2013, 10:42 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery to double number of Pick 3 and Pick 4 draws
Four drawings per day starting Sept. 9
By Todd Northrop
In a few weeks, Texas Lottery players will have twice as many opportunities per day to play the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games.
Currently, both of the popular daily numbers games are drawn twice per day, at 12:27 pm and 10:12 pm. Starting September 9, four drawings per day will occur at 10:00 am, 12:27 pm, 6:00 pm, and 10:12 pm.
A year ago the Texas Lottery introduced a new game called All or Nothing, which broke new ground for the lot ...
Aug 19, 2013, 1:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery bringing back All or Nothing game
Ticket sales resume August 25
By Todd Northrop
After the Texas Lottery shut down All or Nothing for nearly 3 months, sales for the lottery game will resume on Sunday, August 25, with the first drawing on August 26 at 10:00 am.
On June 3, 2013, the Texas Lottery stopped sales for the All or Nothing game when it was discovered that the game's design could possibly lead to unusually and unreasonably high prize payouts. Even though the game has more than 2.7 million possible number combinat ...
Aug 6, 2013, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery delayed Monday night because of suspicious package
A suspicious package near a Texas Lottery facility on Monday night forced a delay of the nightly drawing and the reporting of the results, officials said Tuesday.
Austin police instructed Texas Lottery personnel to evacuate the drawing studio on Sixth Street as a precaution, and the drawing was moved to a backup location, in accordance with official rules, Texas Lottery Commission spokeswoman Kelly Cripe said Tuesday.
The suspicious package did not end up presenting a threat.
These are ...
Jun 19, 2013, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery suspends sales for 'All or Nothing' game
By Todd Northrop
The Texas Lottery has temporarily suspended sales for its All or Nothing draw game.
The Lottery Commission says it has been notified by GTECH Corp., the lottery operator in Texas, of a game design issue. The issue is caused in part by player propensity to play certain numbers.
The Texas Lottery will evaluate placing limitations on wagers that can be purchased for any number combination in the game. According to the Lottery, The practice of setting liability limits is co ...
Jun 4, 2013, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Northeast Texas town sells winning $40 million Powerball ticket
The winning ticket to Wednesday night's Powerball drawing worth about $40 million was sold in an East Texas town, a first for the Lone Star state, lottery officials said.
The ticket was sold at the Lone Star Food Store in the town of Bells, east of Sherman in Grayson County.
The ticket matched all six numbers (9, 14, 17, 49, and 57, with Powerball number 2) in the drawing for an estimated $40 million.
The ticket was the first Powerball jackpot-winning ticket sold in Texas since the Texa ...
May 31, 2013, 12:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas House reconsiders vote to abolish lottery commission
Well, that was interesting...
The Texas House reversed itself Tuesday and tentatively passed a bill that allows the Texas Lottery Commission to continue operating for another 12 years.
House Bill 2197 by state Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, passed 92-53.
The vote ended a day of drama in the House that started when lawmakers earlier voted to abolish the lottery commission. The House abruptly broke for lunch after the vote to end the commission, allowing House leaders the time to muster en ...
Apr 23, 2013, 7:11 pm - Lottery News forum