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Texas Lottery Commission
E-mail Address:
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 2014:
Sales FY 2015:
Sales FY 2016:
Number of Employees: 268
Retailers: 17,643
Number of Points of Sale (POS): 17,403
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 Archive
September 23, 2021 Texas Lottery Eclipses $8 Billion in Sales for First Time in FY 2021
September 2, 2021 Scratch A Jackpot on Four New Texas Lottery® Games
August 25, 2021 Texas Lottery Teams Up with Dallas Cowboys on New Scratch Ticket Game and Second-Chance Drawings
June 14, 2021 Texas Lottery Commission Appoints LaDonna Castañuela Director of Charitable Bingo
April 5, 2021 Texas Lottery and Texas Motor Speedway Team Up on New Scratch Ticket Game and Second-Chance Drawings
January 27, 2021 Texas Lottery Shatters All-Time Sales Record For Second Consecutive Week
January 21, 2021 Soaring Jackpots Power the Texas Lottery to A Historic Sales Week
January 11, 2021 Texas Lottery Sets New Scratch Ticket Sales Record with More Than $133 Million In One Week
January 5, 2021 Multiply Texas Lottery ® Prizes With Five New X the Cash Scratch Ticket Games
December 8, 2020 Announces its App is Now Available on the Google Play Store
November 16, 2020 Give, Scratch and Be Merry with Holiday Scratch Ticket Games from the Texas Lottery
November 16, 2020 Texas Lottery Renews Agreement with SCA To Support Retailer Bonus Program
November 5, 2020 Texas Lottery Presented with Pair of Prestigious National Awards
November 2, 2020 New Texas Lottery Scratch Ticket Game Supports Veterans
October 26, 2020 Texas Lottery Renews Agreement with SCA To Support Retailer Bonus Program
October 26, 2020 Texas Lottery Information Technology Manager Receives Top Industry Honor
October 12, 2020 Four Texans Win Top Texas Lottery® Prizes in One Night
September 17, 2020 Texas Retailers Come Through for Public Education and Veterans with Record Lottery Sales and Revenue
September 17, 2020 Texas Lottery Renews Agreement with SCA to Support Retailer Bonus Program
September 10, 2020 Texas Lottery Awarded World Lottery Association’s Level 3 Responsible Gaming Recertification
Sept 1, 2020 Largest Lotto Texas® Jackpot Up for Grabs in More Than A Decade
July 21, 2020 Texas Lottery Launches Nation’s First In-Lane Receipt Ticket
June 15, 2020 Texas Lottery Commission Appoints Tom Hanson Director of Charitable Bingo
June 10, 2020 Texas Lottery Commission to Hold Regular June Session via Zoom Webinar
November 18, 2019 Texas Lottery Launches Nation’s First In-Lane Draw Game Tickets
November 10, 2019 Texas Lottery is Poised to Make Tickets Available in Check-Out Aisles of Dollar General Stores
October 1, 2019 Texas Lottery Radio Advertisement Wins Industry Award
September 17, 2019 Texas Lottery Smashes All-Time Sales Records with New $6.25 Billion Mark in FY 2019
August 20, 2019 Texas Lottery and Dallas Cowboys Launch New Scratch Ticket and Second-Chance Drawing for 2019 Season
July 24, 2019 Texas Lottery Financial Operations Manager Receives Top Industry Honor
July 11, 2019 Texas Lottery to Highlight Its Impact on Public Education and Veterans' Services During Inaugural Lottery Week
April 24, 2019 Texas Lottery to Add New Fireball Feature to Pick 3™ and Daily 4™ Starting April 28
April 15, 2019 Texas Lottery Commission Agrees to Fix Website Wording

News Archive for CY2018
December 31, 2018 Texas Lottery Reaches $100 Million in One Week for Scratch Ticket Sales
October 15, 2018 Texas Lottery Receives National Certification for Responsible Gaming Tactics
September 24, 2018 Texas Lottery Achieves New $5.627 Billion Sales Record
September 20, 2018 Pollard Banknote Awarded Six-Year Instant Ticket Printing Contract Extension with the Texas Lottery®
August 23, 2018 Cowboys, Texas Lottery Launch New Scratch Ticket
August 15, 2018 Texas Lottery Contributions to Veterans’ Assistance Top $100 Million
July 31, 2018 Texas Lottery General Counsel Wins Top Industry Honor
April 14, 2018 Texas Lottery to Stop Giving Bonuses to Stores
March 21, 2018 Losing Lottery Player Seeks Class Action Against Group That Runs Powerball

News Archive for CY2017
September 27, 2017 Texas Lottery Sets New $5.077 Billion Sales Record
August 2, 2017 Texas Lottery Products Manager Wins Top Industry Honor
May 2, 2017 The Texas Lottery® is Spinning & Winning with Pollard Banknote’s Flip Scratch™ Print Innovation
April 17, 2017 New Billion-Dollar Texas Lottery Scratch-Off Game is a Bit of a Head-Scratcher; You Have to Lose to Win Big
April 17, 2017 Dallas Cowboys and Texas Lottery Team Up for EPISD Football Clinic
April 3, 2017 Texas House Committee Considers Bill That Would Allow Lottery Winners to Remain Anonymous
March 22, 2017 Willy Wonka™ Golden Ticket Mania is Sweeping the State!
January 17, 2017 Texas Lottery Launches San Antonio Spurs Scratch Ticket

News Archive for CY2016
December 2016 Demographic Survey of Texas Lottery Players 2016
November 17, 2016 Texas Lottery Wins International Responsible Gaming Award
October 14, 2014 Texas Lottery Saves State $65 Million With Lottery Operator Contract Extensions
October 10, 2014 Texas Lottery Introduces New Mobile App
September 29, 2016 Texas Lottery Shatters Records with $5 Billion in Sales
June 15, 2016 Texas Lottery’s Executive Director Named MUSL President
June 9, 2016 State Of Texas Wins Big Money!
June 3, 2016 Texas Kent Kwik Convenience Stores Roll Out PDI/Lottery System
April 19, 2016 'Most Prestigious Baseball Trophy in Texas' Now Sponsored by Texas Lottery
April 6, 2016 Texas Lottery Launches Houston Astros™ Scratch Ticket
April 6, 2016 Texas Lottery Launches Texas Rangers™ Scratch Ticket
March 7, 2016 Texas Lottery Launch New Super-Sized Scratch Ticket
January 21, 2016 The Numbers Are in! World Record Jackpot Generates $266.7 Million in Texas Powerball® and Power Play® Sales


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