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 is one of the most successful lotteries in the country – because of our players and retailers. Through our robust scratch ticket and draw game methodologies – which are unparalleled to the lottery industry – and the tremendous hard work and dedication of our retailers during the COVID-19 pandemic, we enjoyed another record-breaking fiscal year, which ended on Aug. 31, 2020. For the second year in a row, lottery sales broke through the $6 billion mark. The past fiscal year marked the 12th consecutive year that the Texas Lottery recorded sales growth from the previous year, including a 10th straight year that a new sales record was attained, with $6.704 billion in total sales. That milestone was achieved with scratch ticket sales exceeding $5 billion for the first time in our 28-year history. In addition, a pair of first-in-the-nation product launches in QUICKTICKET™ and Receipt Ticket helped support strong draw game sales. These record sales allowed for a total contribution of $1.684 billion to Texas schools and veterans’ causes, also a new record.

This year's revenue transfer included $1.661 billion to the Foundation School Fund and $22.2 million to the Fund for Veterans' Assistance. The Texas Lottery has now contributed more than $25 billion to Texas public education and more than $142 million to Texas veterans since the dedication of such funds by the Texas Legislature.

Our careful spending last year kept administrative costs to just 3.23% of Fiscal Year 2020 sales, one of the lowest administrative expenditure rates in the country and a new record for efficiency at the Texas Lottery. 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.

2020 also marked the 11th 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’s 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 1.5 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 2020. Players collected $4.523 billion in prizes, the most money paid out in prizes in Texas Lottery history. For the nearly 20,000 retailers that sell lottery tickets across the state, commissions amounted to $335.6 million, the highest payment to retailers in Texas Lottery history.

As we work to provide innovative and entertaining lottery products for our players in an effort to meet our goal of generating as much revenue as possible for our beneficiaries, we take social responsibility very seriously in all aspects of our business and we encourage our players to PLAY RESPONSIBLY.

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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