Texas plan would tap lottery revenue for teacher bonuses
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Thursday unveiled a plan to boost teacher pay beyond the $1,000 raise called for by Gov. Greg Abbott, and to ultimately pay for it by requiring school districts to reallocate existing funds and, if voters agree, earmarking the first $700 million in lottery money, that already goes to education, for teacher salaries.
Patrick compared his plan, which he hopes to see enacted at the special session that gets underway Tuesday, to what he called House Speaker Joe Straus' Ponzi ...
Jul 13, 2017, 3:21 pm - Lottery News forum
71-year-old Texas construction worker claims $177 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot
Ticket was purchased in Arkansas and is the state's largest-ever jackpot winner
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
A couple from Abernathy, Texas, Monday claimed a $177 million jackpot in Arkansas from the March 31 Mega Millions drawing.
Eliberto and Anita Cantu claimed the prize Monday during a press conference in Arkansas.
They chose to take the prize as a lump sum so the amount was $72,901,274. The State of Arkansas said it took $7,504,543 in taxes.
Their son, Rodrigo Ca ...
Apr 19, 2017, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum
Are lawmakers selling the Texas Lottery short?
Scratch-off lottery tickets are big business in Texas.
They raise billions for state coffers and are so popular that as many as 95 new scratch-off games are introduced here each year, making up a sizable chunk of overall Texas Lottery sales, officials say.
But lottery officials are worried they will have to cut back on the variety of scratch-offs offered and on the advertising that promotes the games now that Texas budget writers are considering cutting as much as $18 million from the agen ...
Apr 13, 2017, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
House committee considers bill that would allow Texas Lottery winners to remain anonymous
Texas statute already allows winners to have 'minimal publicity'
The concerns of a border resident who hopes to win the lottery someday has led to a bill now being considered by lawmakers that would allow the Texas lottery's biggest winners to remain anonymous.
On Monday, the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee considered House Bill 59 by state Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, which would let winners of $1 million or more remain anonymous. It would not allow winner ...
Apr 4, 2017, 11:47 am - Lottery News forum
$49M Texas Mega Millions jackpot claimed by trust
By Todd Northrop
The $49 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot won in Texas this past October was claimed this week by a trust, effectively keeping the real winner anonymous.
The trust is humorously titled, It Will Buy Me a Boat Revocable Trust Dated November 16, 2016 . Garon R. Horton, an attorney from the Horton Law Firm in Rockwall, is the Trustee.
The winning Mega Millions numbers drawn on Oct. 11, 2016, were 36, 39, 42, 45, and 48, with Mega Ball number 3.
The claimant selected ...
Nov 18, 2016, 3:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery shatters records with $5 billion in sales
The Texas Lottery announced that it has achieved $5.068 billion in sales for fiscal year 2016, breaking the sales record it set just last fiscal year and resulting in a total contribution of $1.392 billion to Texas, the single largest annual transfer of revenue to the state.
In celebration of the record sales and revenue, the Texas Lottery unveiled a new billboard today at an event at Texas Lottery headquarters in Austin.
This is the first time in our history that we have generated more t ...
Sep 30, 2016, 10:08 am - Lottery News forum
Texas couple wins a million in lottery on visit to NC
A retired Texas couple won't soon forget their trip to North Carolina. After all, they're leaving the state $1 million richer.
Joseph Roseman and his wife, Anetia, of Magnolia, Texas were staying with friends Friday when they stopped at the S.M. Mart on Poplar Tent Road in Concord. While there, Anetia Roseman decided to buy a $1 Quick Pick ticket for the Mega Millions drawing later that day.
On Saturday morning, Joseph checked the winning numbers and compared them to the ones on their tick ...
Jul 1, 2016, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery chief named MUSL President
The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) has elected Gary Grief as president of the organization. Grief is the executive director of the Texas Lottery.
I want to congratulate Gary Grief on being elected president of MUSL, said J. Winston Krause, chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission. Gary's rich industry knowledge and successful track record in leading the Texas Lottery will serve him well in this important industry leadership role.
Formed in 1987, the Multi-State Lottery Associatio ...
Jun 15, 2016, 3:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery on track to crush sales record
With three more months still remaining in the fiscal year, the Texas Lottery has already generated $1,019,639,473 in revenue for the state of Texas. This is the 13th consecutive year the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $1 billion in revenue to the state in the lottery's 24-year history.
This is by far the earliest in the fiscal year that the Texas Lottery has passed the $1 billion revenue mark, said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. With phenomenal scratch ticket s ...
Jun 15, 2016, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Gov. tells Lottery to stop exploring gambling expansion
But he doesn't have the legal authority to force the Lottery to stop
Gov. Greg Abbott has told Texas lottery officials to stop efforts to explore the expansion of sports betting lottery games and other types of gambling that are prohibited under state law.
The Dallas Morning News reports Abbott told Texas Lottery Commission Chairman J. Winston Krause in a letter Monday that he does not want the agency to continue its exploration of the games that other states have launched. Abbott wrote th ...
Nov 12, 2015, 11:56 am - Lottery News forum