Texas Lottery

The Texas Lottery is a government-operated Lottery available throughout Texas. It is operated by the Texas Lottery Commission, based in Downtown Austin.


  • Texas voters approved an amendment to the Texas Constitution in November 1991 authorizing Texas lottery sales.
  • The Texas Lottery Commission created an unusual contest for the lottery logo – designs from a contracted advertising agency pitted themselves against designs from the general public. A badge from each font was placed in the head-to-head competition, and the winning logo – a high hat in celebration (still in current use) – was the public design (the winner was Susan Holten of Carrollton).
  • The lottery’s first game was the Scratch-Off Lone Star Million ticket, with the first ticket being sold to Governor then Ann Richards at Polk’s grocery store in Oak Hill. First day sales of 23.2 million tickets set a world record from then, with first-week sales (ending June 5, 1992) also setting a world record.
  • Lotto Texas started sales on November 7, 1992, with the first drawing on November 14, 1992 and the first (Schulenburg) prize winning on November 28, 1992. 
  • By November 1993, Texas lottery sales would exceed $ 1 billion, breaking the Florida Lottery of record in 1989
  • The Texas Lottery Commission was formed through legislation in 1993 to take over the lottery for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; The legislation also provides oversight for the Charity Bingo Games Commission (moving that duty from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission). 
  • Texas joined the Mega Million Consortium in 2003, with sales beginning December 3 and the first drawing to include Texas was two days later. Although no Texas ticket won the jackpot, a ticket purchased in Texas matched the first five numbers for $ 175,000.
  •  The first Mega Millions Texas award winner was not until the drawing of October 4, 2004; a Carrollton player carried the $ 101 million Prize (annuity value).
  • As part of the cross-selling agreement between the Mega Million and Powerball operators, the Texas Lottery Commission agreed to start selling the Powerball tickets on January 31, 2010; the first drawing including Texas was three days later.
  • On April 23, 2013, the house voted no by putting down the Texas Lottery Commission, which would potentially end the lottery in Texas. 
  • Later in the day, the house reversed course with a new vote on the bill. https://www.Chron.com/news/Houston-Texas/Houston/article/Texas-House-reconsiders-vote-to-abolish-Lottery-4457037.php

General rules

As with most United States lotteries, players must be at least 18 years of age.

Winning tickets must be claimed within 180 days or the prize will be forfeited. For tickets, the period begins when a game is closed by the Commission; For drawings, the period begins on the date of the drawing.

In Texas, players must choose When to Play (instead of after winning) the Cash Value (CVO) or Annual Pay (AP) option when purchasing Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto Texas tickets (see below).

According to the Texas Lottery Commission, the lottery sales allocation (since 1997) is as follows: [ 10 ]

  • 62.5% is paid in prizes
  • Approximately 27.5% is paid to the Foundation’s school fund, which is used to support public education in Texas.
  • 5.4% is paid as retailer commissions
  • 4.2 percent is withheld to cover lottery administration expenses
  • Approximately 0.4 percent (specifically, the value of unclaimed awards) is transferred to the Texas legislature for allocation; Since 2009 this money has gone to the Texas Fund for Veterans and other state programs.

Current Texas Lottery Games

Scratch-off tickets

The Texas lottery began operations on May 29, 1992 with the sale of the Lone Star million . End of the game on February 1, 2004, he set a world record for sales for Day One (23.2 million tickets) and Week One (102.4 million tickets), [ 11 ] There were 6 prizes of $ 1 million ( annuity only) and 479 of $ 10,000 each. [ 12 ]

Instantaneous, more change frequently, priced $ 1 to $ 50 each. The Texas lottery is the only lottery in the United States to offer $ 50 tickets.

Prizes have included not only cash ($ 1 million) and tickets (which can be used to purchase any Texas game drawing), but also trucks, tickets to sporting events and visits to Cowboys Stadium.

Internal drawings

Lotto texas

Lotto Texas was the first Texas in-house drawing game offered, with sales beginning November 7, 1992; their first drawing on November 14, 1992 and first prize they won on November 28, 1992. For its first anniversary, the Texas lottery sold over $ 1 billion in tickets. [ 13 ]

Initially being sold as a game annuity (no cash option), the buyer having to choose numbers and the drawings they teach only Saturdays, Lotto Texas later added the “Quick Pick” option (random number selection, added on May 29, 1993, first anniversary of the lottery), [ 14 ] the “Value” option (CVO), [ 15 ] and changed the drawings to twice a week, adding on Wednesday.

Among the notable winners Thomas Henderson “Hollywood”, the former Dallas Cowboys linebacker, who sued a jackpot winning more than $ 14 million in 2000. [ 16 ]

The current format uses 54 balls from a machine; players choose 6 numbers. The jackpot is paid in 25 annual or lump sum payments (discussed below). No bounce payments are in lump sum. Each game costs $ 1, the minimum jackpot is $ 4 million, and drawings are held at 10:12 p.m. Central Time on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Lotto Texas did the Extra! option available to players on April 14, 2013, with the first drawing to include Extra! earnings on April 17, 2013. [ 17 ] The Extra! Option costs $ 1 more per play. This gives players a chance to win $ 2 to match 2 of 6 numbers. The Extra! Option also adds $ 10 to the amount of the base prize 3 game of 6 numbers, $ 100 for the base prize to match 4 of 6 numbers and $ 10,000 for the base prize to match 5 of 6 numbers. No change is made to the jackpot prize amount. [ 18 [ 19 ]

About the matches Prize Current probability of winning [ 20 ]
3 of 6 numbers $ 3 (guaranteed) 1:75
4 of 6 numbers $ 50 (estimated) 1: 1,526
5 of 6 numbers $ 2,000 (estimated) 1: 89,678
The 6 numbers Boat 1: 25,827,165

Overall the odds of winning are 1:71. Overall the odds of winning are 1: 7.9 with the Extra! option. [ 21 ]

Texas that two stages

Texas Step Two is the other domestic game twice a week in Texas. Sale of two-stage shingles began on May 13, 2001. [ 22 ]

The current format uses a 4 + 1 matrix with two sets of numbers from 1 to 35). Players choose five numbers; four from the first series of 35 white balls and the fifth, Bonus Ball , from a set of 35 red balls. All payments, including the jackpot, are in quantity. Each game is $ 1, the minimum jackpot is $ 200,000, and drawings are held at 10:12 PM on Monday and Thursday.

About the matches Prize Current probability of winning [ 23 ]
Zero numbers, plus bonus ball $ 5 (guaranteed) 1:58
1 number, plus bonus ball $ 7 (guaranteed) 1: 102
2 numbers plus bonus ball $ 20 (estimated) 1: 657
3 numbers, no bonus ball $ 20 (estimated) 1: 435
3 numbers plus bonus ball $ 50 1: 14,779
4 numbers, no bonus ball $ 1,501 1: 53,900
The 4 numbers, plus bonus ball Boat 1: 1,832,600

Overall the odds of winning are 1:32.

Two-step Texas pot is always paid in payment; As such, it is the only Texas lottery jackpot game not to require players to choose cash or the annuity while playing (see below).

All or nothing

The new Texas lottery take advantage, All or Nothing , is drawn 24 times each week; 10:00, 12:27, 18:00 and 22:12 central time Monday to Saturday. Players choose (or let the lottery terminal select) 12 numbers from a field of 24. A player wins $ 250,000 cash if all 12 numbers match the ones drawn, or, if none match the numbers drawn . (The odds of either way to win the first prize are equal, the first ball drawn determines whether a player must match all the numbers, or none, to win the first prize.) Other prizes are: $ 500, $ 50, $ 10 and $ 2 ; Players win by combining at least eight numbers, and not more than four. Games are $ 2 each.

Each series in an All or Nothing ballot has boxes for “quick selection” and multiple draws, where a player can select to use the same numbers for consecutive planes up to 24. [ 24 ]

Cash five

Box 5 is a daily drawing game. Sales of this game (which replaced a game of similar name, Cash 5 ) began on July 29, 2002. [ 25 ]

The current format uses a set of 37 balls; players choose five numbers. All payments are in lump sum. Each set costs $ 1; and drawings are held at 10:12 p.m. Central Monday through Saturday.

About the matches Prize Current probability of winning [ 26 ]
2 of 5 numbers $ 2 (guaranteed) 1: 9
3 of 5 numbers $ 11 (estimated) 1:88
4 of 5 numbers $ 123 (Estimated if not Top Prize) / $ 395 (if Estimated Top Prize) 1: 2,724
All numbers of 5 First prize 1: 435,897

In general the odds of winning are 1: 8.

Pick 3

Pick 3 is to take advantage four times a day. It began on October 25, 1993. [ 27 ]

The current format uses three groups of digits 0 through 9. Players choose: exact order (three digits), any order (two or three digits), exact and any order (two or three digits), Combo ( two or three digits; Combo two is the same as two exact order plays while Combo three equals three or six exact order games) and Ultimately lo (the arithmetic sum of the numbers played is equal to the arithmetic sum of the numbers drawn, the numbers drawn do not have to be equal to the numbers played).

All payments are in lump sum. Exact or any order bets cost $ 0.50 or $ 1; Exact and any order of $ 1, combo (two digits cost $ 1.50 and $ 3; three digits cost $ 3 or $ 6) and add up for an additional $ 0.50. Prizes are guaranteed amounts and drawings are held four times a day, by 10:00, 12:27, 18:00 and 22:12 Central time from Monday to Saturday.

For the exact odds of winning see this link: How to Play Pick 3

Daily 4

Daily 4 is also drawn 24 times each week. Sales started on September 30, 2007. [ 28 ]

Daily 4 is played as in Selection 3, except there are 4 digits. Players can select: straight (all four digits in exact order), (all four digits in any order), straight / box (all four digits), pairs [two of the four digits in exact order, which can be : front pair (first two digits), half pair (mid digits), or pair (last two digits) again], Combo [which can be: 4-way (three of the four digits drawn are identical as 1112), 6-way (the figures drawn are two pairs, such as 1122), 12-way (two of the four digits drawn are identical, such as 1123), or 24 (all four digits are different, for example 1234)] and “Add up” ( See selection 3).

All payments are in lump sum. Players can select straight or box $ 0.50 or $ 1; Exact / combined for $ 1; Pairs for $ 0.50 or $ 1; Combo (4-way for $ 2 or $ 4; 6-way for $ 3 or $ 6; 12 $ 6 or $ 12; or 24-way for $ 12 or $ 24) and add up for an additional $ 0.50. Prizes are guaranteed amounts and drawings are made at 10:00, 12:27, 18:00 and 22:12 Central time from Monday to Saturday.

To see the exact odds of winning: How to play Daily 4

Texas Triple Chance

Game started on September 28, 2015. Texas Triple Chance is a $ 2 game. Select 7 numbers from 1-55 (or quick selection). In addition to that set, make two extra games, both quick picks. 10 numbers are drawn, to win, a horizontal set must correspond.

3 = $ 2 4 = $ 5 5 = $ 25 6 = $ 7 500 = up to $ 100,000

Play Monday through Saturday at 10:12 AM Central Time.

Drawings from various jurisdictions

Mega million

In 2003, the Texas lottery joined the Mega Million Consortium.

The current format uses a set of 75 white balls, and a second group of 15 yellow balls (the “Mega ball”.) Players choose six numbers; five numbers from the cue ball and the “Mega ball” from the second set. Boats are paid in either of the two annual graduated payments 30, or in cash; see below on jackpot options. No bounce payments are in lump sum. Each game costs $ 1 and the minimum jackpot is $ 15 million, drawings are made at 10:12 p.m. Central on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Texas, as in all jurisdictions except for Mega Millions California, offers an option, called the Megaplier (similar to the Powerball Power Game ) that multiplies minor prizes by 2, 3, 4 or 5. Second prize (5 + 0), normally $ 1 million, can be quintupled, to $ 5 million in cash, if Megaplier was chosen.


On October 13, 2009, the consortium of Mega Millions and MUSL (the Powerball operator of other major United States lottery games) reached an agreement in principle for lotteries, at their option, cross-selling of Mega Millions and Powerball ; The earliest agreed date was January 31, 2010.

The Texas Lottery Commission decided to participate in the agreement; on November 17, 2009 he voted to post Powerball rules for public comment. On December 14, 2009, the Commission held a public hearing, receiving comments on the proposal to Powerball.

On January 6, 2010, the Commission voted Powerball 3-0. Texas sales for the game began on January 31, 2010; the first drawing including Texas was done three days later. [ 29 ]

Monopoly Millionaires Club (suspended)

Main article: Monopoly Millionaires Club

Monopoly Millionaires Club started the sale on October 19, 2014; it was drawn on Fridays. Games were $ 5 each. The players chose 5 out of 52 numbers; a sixth number, out of a field of 28 (automatically quick-picked), also represented one of the properties in the United States Game Board Monopoly .

Texas suspends MMC sales following December 12, 2014 drawing.

Time of player’s choice of pot

Unusually, Texas lottery regulations require players to select either Cash Option Value (CVO) or Annual Remuneration (AP) when to play the Texas Lotto, Mega Millions, and Powerball. Other lotteries generally allow players to make the cash / annuity option after winning (including annuitized zero game prize winners.) The option when playing in Texas is binding. All three games mentioned (including Mega Millions and Powerball in Texas) initially had “AP” as the default option. Starting in 2014, if a ballot was not marked with each election, the ballot is rejected. The Texas lottery is the Powerball offer only that does not allow CVO to be chosen after winning Powerball.

Texas players that two stages do not face this choice; is the only Texas lottery jackpot game that is cash. All other Texas lottery draw games have cash prizes.

Texas is expected to be part of the Monopoly Millionaires Club presentation in October 2014. Jackpots are annuitized with a cash option; A Texas player who does not check either option will automatically receive a CVO marked ticket.

Texas scratch games that are annuitized do not allow winners to choose lump sum instead of annuity.

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