A MESSAGE FROM GARY GRIEF, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TEXAS LOTTERY COMMISSION

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A MESSAGE FROM GARY GRIEF, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TEXAS LOTTERY COMMISSION

Welcome to the Texas Lottery Website. I'm glad you have taken the time to learn about the Texas Lottery and the important contributions that the Texas Lottery makes to public education and veterans' assistance in Texas.

The Texas Lottery continues to be one of the most successful lotteries in the country – because of our players and retailers. Through our scratch ticket and draw game methodologies, which are unparalleled to the lottery industry, we enjoyed another record-breaking fiscal year, which ended on Aug. 31, 2019. For the first time in our 27-year history, lottery sales broke through the $6 billion mark. The past fiscal year marked the 11th consecutive year that the Texas Lottery recorded sales growth from the previous year, including a ninth straight year that a new sales record was attained, with $6.25 billion in total sales. These record sales allowed for a total contribution of $1.637 billion to Texas schools and veterans’ causes, also a new record.

This year's revenue transfer included $1.617 billion to the Foundation School Fund – which is more than 7% of the state’s budgeted share of public education spending for Fiscal Year 2019 – and $19.4 million to the Fund for Veterans' Assistance. The Texas Lottery has now contributed more than $24 billion to Texas public education and more than $120 million to Texas veterans since the dedication of such funds by the Texas Legislature.

What has made these recent accomplishments so impressive is the fact that the Texas Lottery has faced budget cuts in almost every category over the past few years, including advertising, scratch ticket printing, research, full time positions, retailer promotions and retailer bonuses. And yet, our careful spending last year kept administrative costs to just 3.97% of Fiscal Year 2019 sales, one of the lowest administrative expenditure rates in the country. Any unspent administrative funds are returned directly to the Foundation School Fund, which funds the operational needs and special program services for Texas school districts, including teacher salaries, utilities, equipment, bilingual education, special education, gifted and talented education, and career and technical education.

2019 also marks the tenth anniversary of the Texas Lottery’s partnership with the Texas Veterans Commission, and we proudly celebrate the life-changing contributions this collaboration provides. The Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans' Assistance makes grants available to eligible charitable organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families. With 1.7 million veterans spread across the state, these programs provide financial assistance, transportation services, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder counseling and housing assistance.

Texas Lottery players and retailers also enjoyed a record Fiscal Year 2019. Players collected $4.132 billion in prizes, the most money paid out in prizes in Texas Lottery history. For the Lottery's nearly 20,000 retailers that sell lottery tickets across the state, commissions and incentives amounted to $335.9 million combined, the highest payment to retailers in Texas Lottery history.

On a personal note, I’ve had the distinct privilege of working for the Texas Lottery since it was created in 1992 and have had the pleasure of serving as executive director since 2010. As we look back on the past decade, we are thrilled to have once again surpassed our previous sales and revenue records, and I want to thank all of our players, retailers, vendors and staff for this outstanding achievement. We firmly believe that when Texans play, Texas wins.

All of us at the Texas Lottery take pride in working for the State of Texas and the Texas Lottery Commission. Most importantly, we recognize and appreciate our responsibility to generate revenue for Texas, while always encouraging our players to play the Games of Texas responsibly. As we enter a new decade, we will continue our efforts to increase funding for Texas education and veterans through the use of technology and innovations by aligning our goals, collaborating on strategies, being flexible and executing our sales and strategies. On behalf of the Texas Lottery, thank you for your support.

 

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