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Texas Lottery Commission
Internet: www.txlottery.org
E-mail Address: txlotto@onr.com
Phone: (512) 344-5000
Fax: (512) 478-3682
Population: 24,782,302
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Lottery Director: Grief, Gary
Year Lottery Founded: 1991
Sales FY 2002:
Sales FY 2003:
Sales FY 2004:
Sales FY 2005:
Sales FY 2006:
Sales FY 2007:
Sales FY 2008:
Sales FY 2009:
Sales FY 2010:
Sales FY 2011:
Sales FY 2012:
$2.90 billion
$3.662 Million
Number of Employees: 325
Retailers -
Instant only:

On-line Vendor: GTech
December 14, 2010 August 31, 2020
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
September 1, 2012 August 31, 2018
Secondary Contracts:
Pollard Banknote
September 1, 2012 August 31, 2018
GTECH Printing Corporation
eptember 1, 2012 August 31, 2018
Advertising: Latin Works
May 21, 2012 August 31, 2016
ITVMs: Interlott
Games Offered: Powerball, Mega Millions, Pick 3, Daily 4, Cash 5, Scratch Tickets.
Beneficiaries: Foundation School Fund
Jurisdiction: State of Texas, USA


Background Information


The Texas Lottery Act was signed into law in August 1991, but required voter approval to take effect. That proved just a formality, as voters approved the lottery measure in November by a two-toone margin. The Texas Lottery began ticket sales on May 29, 1992, 47 days ahead of schedule. The first game, the Lone Star Millions scratch ticket, sold 23.2 million tickets in its first 24 hours, setting a new world record for first-day sales. The cost of the Lottery’s start-up, with interest, was earned back during the first three hours of ticket sales. Another record was set during the first week, with 102.4 million tickets sold.
In November 1992, the Lottery launched its initial draw game, Lotto Texas. It, too, set a new industry record, with sales surpassing $1 billion just before its first anniversary. Pick 3 debuted in October 1993, followed by Cash 5 in October 1995. Versions of these games are still part of the Lottery’s product mix today, with other current games including Mega Millions, Powerball, Texas Two Step and Daily 4.
With this early success, the Texas Lottery led all American lotteries in terms of sales for two consecutive years, beginning with just its second full year in fiscal 1994. Missteps by the legislature (a reduction in prize payout from 57 percent to 52 percent) put a halt to its growth and actually sent sales plummeting in 1998. The legislature restored the payout in 2000, but it took years for the Texas Lottery to restore sales to previous levels.
But the success stories continued as the Lottery continued to flirt with existing industry records. In 2002, its new Harley-Davidson scratch game sold more instant tickets in one month ($12.5 million) than any other lottery had done with a single game to that point. And in 2004, Lotto Texas reached $145 million, the second-largest single-state jackpot in American history.
Since 1997, the majority of proceeds from the Texas Lottery are transferred to the Foundation School Fund to support public education. Prior to 1997, Lottery revenues were sent to the state’s General Fund.
In November 2009, the Lottery launched its first instant game to benefit the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance, and revenues from these special tickets help support veterans’ programs throughout the state.


News 2015
February 10, 2015 Texas Lottery Has Best Week Of Scratch-Off Sales In 23-Year History

News 2014
December 1, 2014 18 Texas Lottery® Players Are Off To Las Vegas!
December 1, 2014 It is in the States Best Interest to Continue the Texas Lottery
October 16, 2014 Statement from the Texas Lottery Commission Regarding Fun 5's game
October 16, 2014 Texas Lottery Player Files Official Petition in Scratcher Controversy
October 9, 2014 Texas Lawmakers to Consider Abolishing Lottery
October 9, 2014 Texas Lottery® Executive Director Joins Lottery Industry Hall Of Fame
October 8, 2014 Reforms Planned for Charitable Bingo
September 23, 2014 Players Sue State Lottery Over Scratch-Off Game
September 17, 2014 Players Find "Fun 5's" Scratch Off a Little Tricky
June 23, 2014 Texas Lottery Commission Appoints Alfonso Royal Director of Charitable Bingo
June 10, 2014 On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
May 14, 2014 Texas Lottery Commissioners Select Acting Director of Charitable Bingo Operations
May 8, 2014 Director of State’s Charitable Bingo Operations Resigns
April 27, 2014 Calls for State to Change the way it Taxes Winnings
April 28, 2014 HOME SWEET HOME! Texas Dream Home scratch-off game offers chance to win a new home
April 16, 2014 Texas Lottery Commission Defers Proposed Amendments to Bingo Rules
April 14, 2014 Statement From The Texas Lottery Commission Regarding Proposed Bingo Rule Amendments
April 13, 2014 Lottery Commission to Consider Allowing Electronic Pull-Tab Machines at Bingo Halls
March 7, 2014 Texas Lottery® Introduces New Scratch-Off Game Benefiting Texas Veterans – On The Money
January 28, 2014 POWERBALL® Game Creates More Than 500 Millionaires Each Year In THE U.S.
January 16, 2014 Governor Makes Appointment to Texas Lottery Commission
January 2, 2014 Texas Lottery® Teams Up With National Council on Problem Gambling

News 2013
December 11, 2013 Texas Lottery® Contributions to Public Schools Top $16 Billion
November 27, 2013 Texas Has First $5 Million Mega Millions® Megaplier® Winner!
November 13, 2013 Texas Lottery® Makes History With Record-Breaking Sales And Revenue
November 12, 2013 11-12-13 Is Lucky Day For Texas Lottery® Winner!
November 4, 2013 Support Texas Veterans By Purchasing The Texas Lottery® Veterans Cash Scratch-Off Game
October 11, 2013 All Or Nothing Wins NASPL’S Best New Online Game
October 9, 2013 Texas Lottery Commission’s Executive Director Named NASPL President
September 25, 2013 Dallas Cowboys and Texas Lottery Continue Partnership
September 18, 2013 Governor Makes Appointments to Texas Lottery Commission
September 9, 2013 Double the Fun! PICK 3™ AND DAILY 4™ Drawings Now Four Times A Day!
September 7, 2013 Perry Names Krause Chair of Texas Lottery Commission
August 23, 2013 It’s Back! Sales Resume for The Texas Lottery’s® All Or Nothing™ Game
August 5, 2013 All or Nothing™ It's Back... Sales Start August 25, 2013
June 7, 2013 For Just $2, Texans Can Support Veterans with the Texas Lottery® Veterans Cash Scratch-Off Game
June 7, 2013 Texas Lottery® Players, Start Your Engines!
June 3, 2013 Texas Lottery® Temporarily Suspends Sales For All Or Nothing ™ Game
May 17, 2013 Texas Lottery Gets Vote for Extension
May 7, 2013 Scratch All Nite With The Texas Lottery’s® New Kiss® Game
May 1, 2013 Prominent Business Founder Nominated to Texas Lottery Commission
(April 25, 2013 Texas Lottery’s Future is Still Uncertain
April 23, 2013 Final Vote Sees Cents and Continues Texas Lottery
April 8, 2013 Texas Lottery Invites Bids for Daily 4 Drawing Machines and Ball Sets (Proprietary)
April 2, 2013 Sunset Legislation Continuing the Texas Lottery Commission for Another 12 Years Before House Committee
April 1, 2013 'Trekkies' Greet Shatner in Dallas for Star Trek Scratch-Off Launch
March 25, 2013 Gambling Bills Before Senate Committee Are a Step in the Right Direction
February 27, 2013 Lawmakers Eye Unclaimed Lottery Prize Money Pools
December 22, 2013 Charitable Bingo Allocations Surpass $6.5 Million for Fourth Quarter 2012
January 28, 2103 Texas Lottery Players Love Their Scratch Tickets
January 25, 2013 Texas Lottery Commission Appoints Sandra Joseph to Director of Charitable Bingo
January 25, 2013 Texas Lottery Wants to Set Star Trek Costume Record
January 15, 2013 TEXAS LOTTERY® Transfers To Foundation School Fund Top $15 Billion
January 11, 2013 Texas Lottery Commission Approves Updates To Lotto Texas® Game
December 26, 2012 Texas Gambling Supporters to Present a United Front

News 2012
November 30, 2012 Third Quarter 2012 Charitable Bingo Allocations Exceed $6.5 Million
October 29, 2012 Texas Lottery® Players, Start Your Engines!
October 19, 2012 Lottery Player Claims $7.5 Million Top Prize In Casino Action Scratch-Off Game
October 4, 2012 Local Congressman's Proposal Would Let State and Tribal Lotteries Sell Online Tickets
October 1, 2012 Veterans Scratch-Off Game's Popularity Wanes
September 20, 2012 Texas Lottery® Revenue For Public Education Jumps $133 Million In 2012
September 10, 2012 Pollard Banknote Awarded Instant Ticket Contract by the Texas Lottery Commission
September 8, 2012 Dykema Adds Former Texas Lottery Commission General Counsel
September 8, 2012 Let The Revolution Begin! All Or Nothing™ From The Texas Lottery® Set To Launch This Weekend
August 29, 2012 Texas Lottery® Introduces Newest Veterans Cash Scratch-Off Game
August 22, 2012 Second Quarter 2012 Charitable Bingo Allocations Up Significantly Over 2011
August 22, 2012 The Cowboys Are Back In Town And So Is The New Dallas Cowboys Scratch-Off Game
August 22, 2012 Scientific Games Signs Texas Lottery Instant Ticket Contract
August 8, 2012 Houston Texans Lottery Back For More In 2012
August 8, 2012 Texas Lottery Commission Awards Contracts for Instant Ticket Manufacturing and Services
July 26, 2012 Texas Lottery Statement on Advertising
July 16, 2012 Texas Lottery Scratch-Off Game Has Generated Millions Of Dollars For Veterans Commission Fund
June 27, 2012 Minority Group Continues to Push Officials to End the State Lottery
June 15, 2012 Attorney General's Opinion: Second-Chance Online Lottery Promotional Drawing Can Continue
June 1, 2012 Hispanic Shop Latinworks Wins Texas Lottery Account
May 25, 2012 Charitable Bingo Celebrates 30th Anniversary With First Quarter Increase In Allocations
May 22, 2012 The Texas Lottery® and Latinworks Marketing, LLC Execute New Contract for Advertising Services
May 14, 2012 Texas Lottery Celebrates 20th Birthday with New Scratch-Off Game
May 8, 2012 Texas Lottery® Announce Apparent Successful Proposer For Advertising Services
April 17, 2012 Texas Lottery Commission is Being Reviewed by the Sunset Advisory Commission This Year for Possible Changes or Elimination
April 3, 2012 Mega Millions® Jackpot Generates Record Sales For Texas Lottery, Millions Of Dollars For Texas Education
April 3, 2012 Texas Lottery Commission Approves New 'All Or Nothing' Game Rule
March 21, 2012 Texas Lottery® Announce Apparent Successful Proposers For Instant Ticket Manufacturing And Services
February 28, 2012 Charitable Bingo Allocations for 2011 4Q Issued to 145 Jurisdictions
February 15, 2012 Second Chance Lottery Draw Raises Legal Questions
(February 15, 2012 New $2 Powerball® Game Drives Weekly Texas Lottery Sales To New Heights
January 25, 2012 New Texas Lottery Scratch-Off Game Befits Veterans, $2 Tickets Went On Sale This Week
January 18, 2012 Texas Lottery Sales for Fiscal 2011 Totaled $3.8 Billion, An All-Time High
January 10, 2012 University Survey Shows First Increase in Texas Lottery Players in Ten Years

News 2011
December 29, 2011 Texas Lottery Issues RFP
December 6, 2011 Texas Lottery Sales Hit Record
November 7, 2011 Texas Lottery Commission Issues Request for Proposals for Instant Ticket Manufacturing and Services
November 7, 2011 Texas Lottery® Honored With Multiple North American Lottery Industry Awards
October 19, 2011 Texas Lottery Commission Approves New Powerball® Game Rule
September 16, 2011 Texas Lottery® and Houston Texans Join Forces to Announce Newest Edition of Scratch-Off Game
Sept 13, 2011 2011 Bingo Receipts And Prizes Up As Compared To Same Period Last Year
September 8, 2011 Texas Lottery® Sets New Sales Record More Than $1 Billion In Revenue Generated
August 23, 2011 Scratch Fever: New Texas Lottery Dallas Cowboys’ Scratch-off Goes on Sale September 12
August 15, 2011 Texas Lottery on Pace For A Record Year
August 10, 2011 Judge Orders Texas Lottery to Provide Answers in $1 Million Fraud Case
August 8, 2011 Lucky or Just Mathematically Gifted
June 12, 2011 Texas Republican Expects to Officially Introduce an Internet Poker-Only Bill This Summer
May 31, 2011 Mega Millions Winner is Suing Texas Lottery Commission to Collect
May 18, 2011 New John Wayne Scratch-Off Raises Funds for Texas Vets
May 10, 2011 Lottery Winner Sued Over Alleged Breach of Contract
April 6, 2011 Bill to Expand Casino Gaming Makes Headway
April 1, 2011 Texas Gets 8-Liner Case Victory, VLT Legalization Bill - And More Indictments
March 31, 2011 Pick 3™ Green Ball™ Bonus Drawing Returns April 4-30 with Chances to Win Bigger Prizes
March 29, 2011 Lawmakers Consider Proposals to Expand Gambling
March 28, 2011 Senate Chairman Takes Stand Against Gaming Legislation
March 24, 2011 Player Hits It Big on Scratch-Off, Takes Home $1 Million
March 9, 2011 Lawmakers Propose a Constitutional Amendment That Would Legalize Video Gaming at Charitable Bingo Locations
March 7, 2011 Bill Would Combine State’s Beverage, Gaming and Lottery Commissions
March 7, 2011 Texas Lottery® Scratch-Off Game $500 Million Frenzy on Sale Monday
February 28, 2011 Texas Lottery® Black Scratch-Off Game Sales Continue To Soar
February 17, 2011 Texas Lottery Commission Exceeds $13 Billion to Foundation School Fund
January 5, 2011 Center For Public Policy Study Finds Fewer Playing Texas Lottery Games
January 5, 2011 $355 Million Mega Millions® Jackpot Produces Record Sales for Texas Lottery®


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