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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:
Number of Employees: 268
Instant only:

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 for CY2017
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

News Archive for CY2015
December 16, 2015 Texas Lottery Achieves Record First Quarter Sales
November 9, 2015 Lawmakers Stifle Lottery's Attempt to Expand Knowledge on Games Market
October 19, 2015 WWE® and Texas Lottery Announce Wrestlemania® 32 Partnership
October 13, 2015 Texas Lottery Awarded World Lottery Association’s Level 2 Responsible Gaming Certification
October 11, 2015 Texas Lottery Announce The Walking Dead® Twitter Contest
September 30, 2015 Texas Lottery's Cowboys Scratch Game Has Generated $52 Million for Texas Public Schools
September 23, 2015 Texas Lottery Launch New Draw Game
September 23, 2015 Introducing the Texas Triple Chance™
September 22, 2015 Texas Lottery Break Record With $1.2 Billion Contribution To Texas Education
September 10, 2015 Early Figures Suggest Texas Lottery Doing Well
August 11, 2015 Texas Lottery Operations Director Receives Top Industry Honor
August 3, 2015 Governor Appoints to Texas Lottery Commission
August 3, 2015 Texas Lottery Launches Set For Life
July 6, 2015 Texas Lottery® Introduces Newest Scratch-Off Game Benefiting Texas Veterans
May 7, 2015 House Bill 975 would allow Cash Raffles if Texas Voters Approve a Change
May 7, 2015 Texas Lottery® Super-Sized Scratch-Off Game Has Another Record-Breaking Week
May 4, 2015 Texas Lottery® Drawings To Move Temporarily During Planned Renovations
May 1, 2015 Pollard Banknote Exclusive License, TETRIS®, A Perfect Fit For The Texas Lottery®
March 31, 2015 Don’t Mess With Tetris®!
February 10, 2015 Texas Lottery Has Best Week Of Scratch-Off Sales In 23-Year History

News Archive for CY2014
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


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