$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
Texas authorities had previously investigated brother of lottery cheat
By Todd Northrop
The outrageous Hot Lotto rigging scandal that started in Iowa is now spreading into other states including Texas. Officials are taking a second look at a $570,000 winning multi-state lottery ticket purchased a decade ago in Colorado by a Central Texas judge.
The investigation does not involve the Texas state lottery.
Tommy Tipton, the subject of the investigation, is a Fayette County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3, based in Flatonia. According to records from the T ...
Oct 14, 2015, 10:01 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery starts new 'Texas Triple Chance' game next week
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
Texas Lottery players will be getting a brand new game to play, starting next week.
On Sunday, Sept. 27, tickets for the new Texas Triple Chance game will go on sale at lottery retailers throughout the state. It is the Texas Lottery's first all-new draw game since All or Nothing was launched on Sept. 9, 2012.
The new game is played like a traditional lotto-style game, in which players choose seven numbers between 1 and 55. But unlike the other T ...
Sep 21, 2015, 4:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery scam with a twist hitting Central Texas
How would you react if you heard, Congratulations, your prize has been reserved! over the phone?
The message is part of a sophisticated phone scam plaguing Central Texas, and is responsible for stealing millions of dollars from Americans each year.
Joann Keilberg and her husband Jim almost fell for it. The Smithville, Texas, couple received a call in July from someone claiming to work for Publishers Clearing House.
I was happy, Keilburg said.
The caller said the won couple won $3.5 ...
Sep 5, 2015, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Suspected lottery ticket thief causes major wreck in getaway
A suspect is in a Houston-area hospital after fleeing the scene of a daring robbery in Conroe and causing a serious traffic accident as he was attempting to make his getaway.
Cody Byrd, 23, of Navasota, Texas, is suspected of stealing a large bin of Texas Lottery tickets from a Chevron convenience store in the Conroe area on Saturday afternoon.
Byrd fled the scene in his vehicle at a high rate of speed only to collide with a family of four on SH-105 westbound. He attempted to flee on foot, ...
Aug 4, 2015, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum