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
Texas House votes to abolish state lottery
The Texas House voted 81-65 to abolish the state lottery Tuesday, which would strip more than $1 billion a year from public schools.
A bi-partisan bloc of Republicans and Democrats spoke against the lottery on moral grounds.
A group of Democrats joined a Republican contingent that included at least two dozen Republican freshmen in voting against continuation of the Texas Lottery Commission. The vote can be reconsidered later if one of those who voted against the lottery ask ...
Apr 23, 2013, 4:29 pm - Lottery News forum
NAACP wants Texas Lottery shut down
The Dallas chapter of the NAACP wants to stop seeing low income Texans pumping money into the state lottery by putting it out of business.
In poorer communities, though, the lottery seems to offer the chance at a life otherwise out of reach.
A study paid for by the Texas Lottery Commission says the people most likely to play Pick 3 are those making $20,000 a year or less below the poverty line. And people who are unemployed are more likely to buy scratch-off tickets than those who have job ...
Jun 28, 2012, 6:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Bell Helicopter employees win $28 million lottery jackpot
A $5 weekly investment in a lottery office pool has paid off for a group of Bell Helicopter employees in Fort Worth, Texas.
The group of seven men and three women learned they won the $28 million jackpot Sunday morning.
The winning Lotto Texas numbers were 13, 36, 38, 45, 46, and 49.
When I saw that we had all six numbers, I just lost it... man, I lost it! Mario Mercado said.
Mercado told News 8 he purchased the ticket Thursday at the Crossroads Shell Station on Western Center Boule ...
May 16, 2012, 10:02 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery launches new scratch game to celebrate 20 year anniversary
Today, the Texas Lottery launched its new 20th Anniversary scratch-off game to commemorate the lottery's two decades of generating revenue for the state of Texas.
With more than $21.5 million in prizes, the 20th Anniversary game features nine top prizes of $250,000 and more than 100 second-tier prizes of $1,000. Odds of winning any prize in the new game are one in 3.52, including break-even prizes.
We continually strive to incorporate innovation into our products to provide Texans with th ...
May 14, 2012, 12:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Some Baptists want Texas Lottery Commission shut down
As lawmakers look at whether the Texas Lottery Commission is operating effectively, influential Baptists are suggesting the lottery shouldn't merely be tweaked. They want it abolished.
Ask the pertinent questions. Has the lottery fulfilled its promise? My answer would be 'no,' said Suzii Paynter, director of the Baptist Christian Life Commission, in an interview Friday.
Baptists contend the lottery was sold to Texans 20 years ago as a voluntary, non-regressive way to raise money, but inst ...
Apr 17, 2012, 7:17 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery approves new game to start in fall
'All or Nothing' will be drawn four times a day
UPDATED: ticket price, drawing type, prize table
By Todd Northrop
The three-member Texas Lottery Commission (TLC) unanimously voted to approve the new All or Nothing game.
All or Nothing, scheduled to begin in the fall of 2012, will give lottery players the chance to win up to $250,000 by picking 12 of the 24 numbers drawn or none of the numbers drawn.
The object of the game is to either select as many or as few numbers that match th ...
Apr 2, 2012, 8:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Lucky lottery lady outed as Stanford University statistics PhD
She was called the luckiest woman in the world.
But now that luck is being called into question by some who think that winning the lottery four times is more than just a coincidental spell of good fortune.
Joan R. Ginther, 63, from Texas, won multiple million dollar payouts each time.
First, she won $5.4 million, then a decade later, she won $2 million, then two years later $3 million and finally, in the spring of 2008, she hit a $10 million jackpot.
The odds of this has been calcula ...
Aug 8, 2011, 2:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Cheated lottery winner files lawsuit
A Dallas-area man who Travis County prosecutors say had his $1 million lottery ticket stolen by a convenience store clerk in 2009 has sued the Texas Lottery Commission and others in hopes of recovering all of his winnings.
Lawyers for Willis Willis, a retired Grand Prairie maintenance man, filed the suit in state District Court in Travis County last week against the lottery commission, GTECH Corp, which runs the lottery, and the owner of a convenience store where Willis bought his ticket.
May 31, 2011, 4:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery kicks off Green Ball promo Monday
Increases Pick 3 prizes by 20%
By Todd Northrop
The Texas Lottery Monday is bringing back the Pick 3 Green Ball promotion, which gives Pick 3 players a chance to increase their prizes by approximately 20 percent.
Pick 3 has consistently been one of our most popular drawing games, and we believe this promotion will only increase the excitement around this game, said Texas Lottery Commission Executive Director Gary Grief.
The promotion begins Monday, April 4 and runs through Saturday, ...
Mar 31, 2011, 7:44 pm - Lottery News forum