Texas Lottery Commission History
|Sep 30, 2020||After a record 74 drawings, a Lotto Texas jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Seguin. At the time of the drawing, the $47 million estimated annuitized Lotto Texas jackpot prize was the second-largest lottery prize up for grabs in the world. It was also the largest Lotto Texas jackpot prize won since a $97 million jackpot-winning ticket was sold for the May 29, 2010 drawing.|
|Sep 24, 2020||The hard work and dedication of Texas Lottery retailers – essential businesses serving their communities throughout the COVID-19 health crisis – enabled the Texas Lottery to achieve $6.704 billion in sales during its 10th-consecutive record-breaking year, a $452.5 million increase (7.2%) over FY 2019. This achievement also resulted in a record total contribution of $1.684 billion for Texas education and veterans.|
|Sep 10, 2020||The Texas Lottery is awarded Level 3 recertification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for its responsible gaming initiatives.|
|July 21, 2020||Governor Greg Abbott named Robert G. Rivera of Arlington chair of the Texas Lottery Commission, replacing outgoing Commissioner J. Winston Krause of Austin as presiding officer. The governor also appointed Jamey Steen of Houston to the Commission.|
|July 21, 2020||
The Texas Lottery launches the nation’s first in-lane Receipt Ticket at participating H-E-B Business Centers, offering players a convenient option to get Powerball® and Mega Millions® tickets printed on cash register receipt paper.
|June 11, 2020||The Texas Lottery Commission appointed Tom Hanson as Director of the Charitable Bingo Operations Division.|
|June 1, 2020||
The Texas Lottery claim centers reopen by appointment only. Health and safety precautions are in place at all locations. Prize claimants are able to request appointments through the new Claim Center Appointment Request web page.
|April 3, 2020||In direct response to slowing sales during the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Mega Millions Consortium adjusted the game’s starting jackpot to a guaranteed $20 million and announced it will determine the amounts of subsequent starting jackpots and jackpot increases on a drawing-by-drawing basis, immediately following the April 3 drawing. Future starting jackpots and the rate at which the jackpot increases will be established based on game sales and interest rates, with no fixed minimum amount. Subsequent jackpot amounts will be determined and announced prior to each drawing.|
|April 2, 2020||In an updated motion, the Powerball Product Group announced its decision to determine Powerball’s advertised jackpot based on game sales and interest rates. Following the April 8 drawing, guaranteed starting jackpot amounts and minimum jackpot increases will be eliminated, and future jackpot increases will be determined and announced by the Product Group prior to each drawing.|
|March 25, 2020||
Due to COVID-19, players in many U.S. lottery jurisdictions are under shelter-in-place orders, affecting normal consumer behaviors. In response, the Powerball Product Group votes to reset Powerball’s starting jackpot to a guaranteed $20 million (annuity) with minimum roll increases of $2 million between drawings following the next Grand Prize win.
|March 20, 2020||Texas Lottery claim centers close to the public due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The claim centers reopen June 1, 2020 by appointment only.|
|February 18, 2020||
The Texas Lottery’s responsible gambling program is verified by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) at the “Implementation Level,” an upgrade from the “Planning Level” verification received in 2018.
|February 13, 2020||Tom Hanson is named Acting Director of the Charitable Bingo Operations Division.|
|January 30, 2020||Governor Greg Abbott appoints Cindy Lyons Fields to the Texas Lottery Commission.|
|January 30, 2020||A Laredo resident claimed a $17.5 million jackpot prize for the Lotto Texas drawing held on Jan. 15, 2020. The winning ticket was purchased at Stripes Store 40922H, located at 5301 McPherson Road, in Laredo.|
|January 6, 2020||Prize payout cap at four Texas Lottery claim centers increases. Metropolitan claim centers in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio – in addition to Austin – can pay prizes of up to $5 million by check, an increase from the $2.5 million cap.|
|November 11, 2019||
Texas Lottery® players become the first-in-the-nation to get their Powerball® and Mega Millions® tickets while in the checkout lane at participating Texas Dollar General stores, as QUICKTICKET™ launches.
|October 29, 2019||
The Texas Lottery Commission joined Texas State Representative Chris Turner and the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) at the Texas State Capitol to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Texas Lottery’s contributions to TVC’s Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA). The first decade of veterans-dedicated scratch ticket games sales, which began on Nov. 9, 2009, led to more than $122 million being contributed to the FVA by the Texas Lottery.
|October 28, 2019||
A Leander resident claimed a $227 million Mega Millions® jackpot prize for the drawing held on Sept. 24. The claimant chose the cash value option and received $157,091,592, the largest prize ever paid out to a single Texas Lottery® player.
|October 1, 2019||
The Texas Lottery was awarded a Batchy Award, a top lottery industry honor from the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), for one of its Gem 7s scratch ticket family radio spots.
|September 27, 2019||
A Baytown resident claimed a $23.75 million jackpot prize for the Lotto Texas® drawing held on Sept. 25, 2019.
|September 24, 2019||
A winning ticket for a $227 million Mega Millions® jackpot was sold in Texas at Lakeline Express Mart, located at 2004 N. Lakeline Blvd., in Cedar Park.
|September 17, 2019||
The Texas Lottery achieved $6.25 billion in sales during FY 2019 for its ninth-consecutive record-breaking year – resulting in a record total contribution of $1.637 billion for Texas education and veterans. The lottery’s new record sales total, a $625 million increase (11.1%) over FY 2018, was driven by a pair of independent records, as the Texas Lottery achieved its highest scratch ticket and draw game sales’ totals in its 27-year history.
|August 13, 2019||
Governor Greg Abbott appoints Erik Saenz to the Texas Lottery Commission.
|July 24, 2019||
Kelly Stuckey, financial operations manager, was a recipient of the 2019 Powers Award, a top industry honor.
|July 3, 2019||
Blind Squirrels Trust, of Friendswood, claimed a $6.25 million jackpot prize for the Lotto Texas® drawing held on May 4, 2019.
|May 7, 2019||
Governor Greg Abbott appoints Mark Franz to the Texas Lottery Commission.
|April 22, 2019||
A Channelview resident claimed a $15.75 million jackpot prize for the Lotto Texas® drawing held on April 13, 2019.
|April 29, 2019||
FIREBALL, a new add-on feature for Pick 3 and Daily 4, launches and replaces Sum It Up! FIREBALL gives Pick 3 and Daily 4 players more opportunities to create winning combinations and increase their chances of winning a prize.
|April 6, 2019||
Scratch ticket sales for the week of March 31 – April 6, 2019 totaled $108,027,193, setting a Texas Lottery record for scratch ticket sales in one week.
|January 18, 2019||
A Houston resident claimed a $12.5 million jackpot prize for the Lotto Texas® drawing held on Jan. 12, 2019.
|December 29, 2018||
Demonstrating its continued strong growth, the Texas Lottery, for the first time in its history, sold more than $100 million in scratch ticket sales in just one week. From Dec. 23, 2018 to Dec. 29, 2018, scratch ticket sales totaled $100,776,586, shattering the old record of $99,679,358 achieved in March of 2018.
|November 29, 2018||
A Wichita Falls resident claimed a $15.25 million jackpot prize for the Lotto Texas® drawing held on Oct. 31, 2018.
|October 23, 2018||
Texans play for the largest Mega Millions® jackpot in the draw game’s history. The annuitized jackpot for the drawing was an estimated $1.537 billion with an estimated cash value of $878 million. This was the second largest jackpot of any lottery game on record in the world.
|October 15, 2018||
The Texas Lottery becomes one of 14 lotteries to have its responsible gaming initiatives verified by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries and the National Council on Problem Gambling.
|October 3, 2018||
The Texas Lottery Commission unanimously voted to adopt proposed rule amendments to Pick 3 and Daily 4. The amendment will end the Sum It Up add-on feature and replace it with a new add-on feature called FIREBALL®. A player who purchases either the Pick 3 plus FIREBALL or the Daily 4 plus FIREBALL feature will get to use an extra number, randomly drawn after each of the Pick 3 and Daily 4 base game drawings, to create more winning combinations and increase the player’s chances of winning a prize. The changes are planned to go into effect Spring 2019.
|September 24, 2018||
For the eighth consecutive year, the Texas Lottery set a new sales record, achieving $5.627 billion in sales for FY 2018, resulting in record contributions of $1.432 billion for Texas public schools and $18.1 million for Texas veterans.
|September 23, 2018||
Cash Five relaunches with a new matrix, better overall odds of winning and guaranteed prizes, including a $25,000 top prize. The first drawing with the new rules in place was on Sept. 24.
|August 15, 2018||
A Belton resident claimed a $16 million jackpot prize for the Lotto Texas® drawing held on Aug. 11, 2018.
|August 14, 2018||
The Texas Lottery’s cumulative transfers to the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) surpass $100 million since 2009.
|July 31, 2018||
Bob Biard, general counsel, was a recipient of the 2018 Powers Award, a top industry honor.
|July 28, 2018||
The Texas Lottery closes Texas Triple Chance.
|June 21 2018||
The Texas Lottery Commission’s board appoints Michael Farrell as Director of the Charitable Bingo Operations Division.
|June 5, 2018||
A Houston resident claimed a $30.25 million jackpot prize for the Lotto Texas® drawing held on May 16, 2018.
|May 9, 2018||
The Texas Lottery Commission unanimously approved game rule changes for Cash Five during a meeting held at Texas Lottery headquarters in Austin. A redesigned version will feature better odds of winning and guaranteed prizes, including a $25,000 top prize. The price will continue to be $1 per play.
|January 10, 2018||
A Marlin resident claimed a $24.75 million jackpot prize for the Lotto Texas® drawing held on Dec. 2, 2017.
|December 2, 2017||
AHSODESKA Trust, Catherine Kim Fowlkes, Trustee, of Abilene claimed a $14.25 million Lotto Texas® jackpot prize.
|September 27, 2017||
Texas Lottery Sets New $5.077 Billion Sales Record and Nets $1.313 billion for Texas public schools and $16.2 million for Texas veterans
|August 2, 2017||Robert Tirloni, products manager, was a recipient of the 2017 Powers Award, a top industry honor.|
|May 2, 2017||Texas Lottery marks 25th year with anniversary scratch ticket. In recognition of the Lottery’s anniversary, the Texas House of Representatives adopted House Resolution 403, filed by Representative John Kuempel, which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Texas Lottery.|
|March 30, 2017||Norma Rios, of San Antonio, claimed a $27.25 million jackpot prize for the Lotto Texas® drawing held on March 25.|
|December 1, 2016||
The Texas Lottery is awarded Level 3 certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for its responsible gaming initiatives.
|November 17, 2016||
For its responsible gaming initiatives, the Texas Lottery was awarded the Best Innovation Responsible Gaming Award-Level 2 by the prestigious World Lottery Association (WLA).
|November 16, 2016||It Will Buy Me a Boat Revocable Trust Dated November 16, 2016, Garon R. Horton, Trustee, of Rockwall, claims a $49 million Mega Millions® jackpot prize for the drawing held on Oct. 11.|
|October 11, 2016||A winning ticket for a $49 million Mega Millions® jackpot was sold in Texas at QuickTrip #982, located at 12631 Lake June Rd., in Balch Springs.|
|September 30, 2016||The Texas Lottery announced that it has achieved $5.068 billion in sales for fiscal year 2016, breaking the sales record it set in fiscal year 2015 and resulting in a total contribution of $1.392 billion to Texas, the single largest annual transfer of revenue to the state. The revenue transfer included $1.373 billion to the Foundation School Fund and $14.7 million to the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.|
|August 2, 2016||Texas Lottery Controller Kathy Pyka is awarded with the 2016 Powers Award, a top industry honor.|
|June 15, 2016||The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) elects Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery, as president of the organization.|
|June 9, 2016||With three more months still remaining in the fiscal year, the Texas Lottery generated $1,019,639,473 in revenue for the state of Texas. This is the 13th consecutive year the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $1 billion in revenue to the state in the lottery’s 24-year history.|
|April 14, 2016||
The Charitable Bingo Operations Division (CBOD) of the Texas Lottery Commission announced today that total gross receipts for calendar year 2015 exceeded $756.7 million, a more than $17 million increase from calendar year 2014. This is the highest gross receipts on record since charitable bingo was legalized in Texas in 1981.
|April 6, 2016||
The Texas Lottery’s cumulative transfers to the Foundation School Fund surpass $19 billion since 1997.
|April 6, 2016||
Nhan Vo, of Tomball, claimed a $11.75 million Lotto Texas® jackpot from the March 30 drawing.
|Jan 21, 2016||Record sales for the roll up to the Jan. 13 Powerball drawing for a $1,586,400,000 jackpot, the largest lottery jackpot in world history, generated $266.7 million in sales in Texas, resulting in $106.7 million for Texas’ Foundation School Fund.|
|Jan 13, 2016||Texans play for world record Powerball® jackpot. The annuitized jackpot for the drawing was an estimated $1.5 billion with an estimated cash value of $929.9 million. This was the largest jackpot of any lottery game on record in the world.|
|Dec 16, 2015||The Texas Lottery achieves record sales for first quarter of fiscal year 2016 with sales of $1.102 billion, the highest first quarter sales in the Lottery’s history. This represented an increase in 3.6 percent over the previous record in fiscal year 2015.|
|Nov 20, 2015||Hallelujah Ridge, LP, Kristy W. Fox, Manager, of Dallas, claimed a $32.25 million Lotto Texas® jackpot from the Oct. 3 drawing.|
|Nov 13, 2015||Richard A. Clepper of Navasota has claimed a $5 million Lotto Texas® jackpot from the Oct. 14 drawing.|
|Oct 27, 2015||Texas City Lucky Partners, LLC, Yousuf Esmail, Manager, of League City, claimed a $5.25 million Lotto Texas® jackpot from the Oct. 10 drawing.|
|Oct 13, 2015||The Texas Lottery’s responsible gaming initiatives have been recognized by the prestigious World Lottery Association (WLA) with Level 2 certification.|
|Sept 27, 2015||Texas Lottery launches new draw game, Texas Triple Chance™. The new game features three chances to win $100,000 in every play.|
|Sept 21, 2015||The Texas Lottery announces record-breaking contributions to Texas education and veterans. FY 2015 is the 12th consecutive year that the Texas Lottery generated more than $1 billion in revenue for Texas.|
|Aug 11, 2015||Texas Lottery announces that Lottery Operations Director Michael Anger is awarded top industry honor with the 2015 Powers Award.|
|Aug 10, 2015||Governor Greg Abbott appoints Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria, Peggy Heeg, Doug Lowe and Robert Rivera to the Texas Lottery Commission.|
|July 23, 2015||The Triple C-Double K Property Trust, James Edward Ressler, Trustee, of Orchard, has claimed a $7.25 million Lotto Texas® jackpot from the April 29 drawing.|
|May 1, 2015||Carlos Zavala of Tyler is the winner of the $500,000 second-chance prize to build a dream home at any D.R. Horton® Community in Texas from the Texas Dream Home scratch game.|
|Apr 28, 2015||Super Ticket 7’s scratch-off breaks records with more than $8.1 million in sales|
|Mar 25, 2015||Two Texans split $16.25 million Lotto Texas jackpot. Ana Salinas of Abilene and Paul G. Murr of Junction each claim one half of jackpot prize.|
|Mar 6, 2015||TL Management Trust of Austin claims the $500 million Powerball jackpot prize for the drawing held on Feb. 11.|
|Feb 11, 2015||A winning ticket for a $564.1 million Powerball® jackpot, the fifth largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, was sold in Texas at the Appletree Food Mart located at 893 E. Princeton in Princeton.|
|Jan 5, 2015||Brandi Jackson, of Cypress claims $14.5 million Lotto Texas® jackpot prize from drawing held on New Year’s Eve.|
|Dec 31, 2014||The winning ticket for a $14.5 million Lotto Texas® jackpot was sold at the Fairfield Food Mart located at 15038 Mason Road in Cypress for the drawing held on New Year’s Eve.|
|Nov 10, 2014||Texas introduces newest scratch-off game benefitting Texas Veterans Commission’s Fund for Veterans Assistance.|
|Oct 8, 2014||The Texas Lottery® announces that its executive director, Gary Grief, was named to the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame.|
|Sept 15, 2014||The Texas Lottery® announces a record-breaking contribution of $1.2 billion to public schools. Record Lottery sales also result in $11.5 million for Texas veterans’ programs!|
|Sept 12, 2014||Texas Lottery® announces that a San Antonio trust claimed a $15.75 million Lotto Texas® jackpot.|
|Aug 21, 2014||Texas Lottery® announces that a trust from Houston claims $33 million Mega Millions jackpot.|
|Aug 6, 2014||The Texas Lottery® announced that a Victoria partnership claimed a $36.25 million Lotto Texas jackpot.|
|Jun 27, 2014||A winning ticket for a $33 million Mega Millions® jackpot was sold in Texas at Moulton Grocery & Market, located at 100 S. Lavaca Drive, in Moulton.|
|Jun 23, 2014||The Texas Lottery Commission’s board appoints Alfonso Royal as Director of the Charitable Bingo Operations Division.|
|Apr 30, 2014||Since the Texas Lottery sold its first ticket in 1992, players have won more than $43 billion in prizes.|
|Mar 10, 2014||Texas Lottery Recognizes Problem Gambling Awareness Month.|
|Mar 7, 2014||Texas Lottery introduces On the Money, a new scratch off game benefitting the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.|
|Jan 27, 2014||Powerball celebrates two-year anniversary of current game design. The $2 game created 1,013 millionaires in the U.S. during the two-year period.|
|Jan 22, 2014||Power Play® has more power when non- jackpot prizes are multiplied up to five times when a player selects Power Play® at the time of purchase.|
|Jan 3, 2014||Texas Lottery announced that it has joined the National Council on Problem Gambling as a Silver member.|
|Dec 11, 2013||The Texas Lottery Commission announced that its contributions to the Foundation School Fund, generated from lottery ticket sales, surpassed $16 billion. The total amount generated for the Foundation School Fund since 1997 is $16.06 billion.|
|Nov 14, 2013||The Texas Lottery announced record results for fiscal year 2013, the agency’s best year for sales and revenue in its 21-year history and the 10th consecutive year the Texas Lottery generated more than $1 billion in contributions to the state of Texas. Texas Lottery sales of $4.376 billion resulted in a total contribution of $1.214 billion to the state of Texas, the Lottery’s single largest transfer of revenue to the state.|
|Oct 25, 2013||Tom Eaton of Coppell claimed the $12,561,542.50 cash value of an advertised $19.5 million Lotto Texas® jackpot. Eaton’s ticket was the only one to match all of the numbers drawn on Oct. 19.|
|Oct 3, 2013||Executive Director Gary Grief elected president of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) at the 2013 NASPL Annual Conference and Trade Show in Providence, Rhode Island.|
|Sept 16, 2013||Gov. Rick Perry appoints Jodie Baggett and Katie Dickie Stavinoha to the Texas Lottery Commission.|
|Sept 9, 2013||Pick 3 and Daily 4 drawings now four times a day.|
|Sept 3, 2013||Governor Perry names J. Winston Krause of Austin chair of the Texas Lottery Commission.|
|Sept 1, 2013||As a result of passed Sunset legislation, the number of TLC Commissioners is increased from three to five public members.|
|Aug 1, 2013||The Lucky Ones Partnership of Houston becomes Texas' 10th Mega Millions jackpot winner claiming the prize for the drawing held on July 16.|
|Jul 16, 2013||A jackpot-winning ticket for the $20 Mega Millions drawing was sold in Texas at Rosslyn Food Mart, located at 9245 N. Houston Rosslyn Road, in Houston.|
|Jun 4, 2013||
Paul McDowell, of Bells, claims the $40 million Powerball jackpot prize for the drawing held on May 29.
|May 29, 2013||The Texas Lottery celebrates its 21st anniversary with its first Powerball jackpot winner. The winning ticket was sold at Lone Star Food Store #48, located at 205 W. Bells Blvd., in Bells.|
|May 19, 2013||The Powerball jackpot reaches $590.5 million. This is a record high for the game and the second-biggest lottery jackpot of any kind in history. The jackpot is won by an out-of-state winner, but one Texas player matches five numbers to win $1 million.|
|Apr 29, 2013||Gov. Rick Perry appoints Veronica Edwards of San Antonio to the Texas Lottery Commission for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017.|
|Apr 17, 2013||The first drawing for Lotto Texas with Extra! is held. For an additional $1 per play per drawing, the Extra! add-on feature allows Lotto Texas players to increase their prize amount for matching three, four or five of six numbers.|
|Mar 30, 2013||To kick-off the new Star Trek™ scratch-off game, the Texas Lottery and special guest William Shatner attempt to set a Guinness World Record by having the most people dressed in Star Trek costumes at one event!|
|Jan 25, 2013||The three-member Texas Lottery Commission appoints Sandra Joseph as director of Charitable Bingo Operations, where she will oversee the agency’s supervision of bingo in the state.|
|Jan 14, 2013||The Texas Lottery Commission announces that lottery sales revenue transfers to the state’s Foundation School Fund surpassed the $15 billion mark.|
|Jan 11, 2013||The three-member Texas Lottery Commission unanimously approves game rule changes for Lotto Texas during a meeting held at Texas Lottery headquarters in Austin. For an additional $1 per play, Extra! will allow players to increase their prize amount for matching three, four or five of six numbers.|
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|Nov 28, 2012||The Powerball jackpot reaches an estimated $550 million. This is a record high for the game and the second-biggest lottery jackpot of any kind in history. The jackpot is shared by two out-of-state winners, but four Texas players matched five numbers to win $1 million each.|
|Sep 20, 2012||The Texas Lottery Commission reports record results for fiscal year 2012, gaining $133 million in revenue over last year for the state’s Foundation School Fund, an increase of 13.8 percent. Record sales of $4.19 billion shattered the previous sales record of $3.81 billion set in 2011 and resulted in a total contribution of $1.096 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas.|
|Sep 10, 2012||Texas Lottery officially launches its social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in conjunction with the first day of All or Nothing drawings.|
|Sep 9, 2012||The Texas Lottery Commission begins sales for All or Nothing and four-times-a-day drawings begin on September 10.The first new draw game from the Texas Lottery since Daily 4 debuted in 2007, All or Nothing features the best overall odds (1 in 4.5) of any Texas draw game and 10 ways to win a prize.
|May 29, 2012||
The Texas Lottery celebrates its 20th anniversary. The Texas Lottery was launched on May 29, 1992, when the first ticket was purchased by Gov. Ann Richards at Polk’s Feed Store in Oak Hill. Since that time, the Texas Lottery has generated more than $20 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $39 billion in prizes to lottery players.
|Mar 30, 2012||The Mega Millions jackpot reaches a world-record $640 million. The jackpot is shared by three out-of-state winners, but 14 Texas players matched five numbers to win $250,000 each. The Texas Lottery sets numerous sales records, including an all-time record for weekly sales with just under $150 million. The Texas Lottery Commission voted 3-0 to approve the All or Nothing game rule. The new game, scheduled to begin in the fall of 2012, will feature four daily drawings Monday through Saturday and give players the chance to win up to $250,000 by picking 12 of the 24 numbers drawn or none of the numbers drawn.|
|Mar 21, 2012||Texas Lottery Executive Director Gary Grief is honored by Public Gaming International Magazine with 2012 Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here for more information.|
|Mar 20, 2012||The Charitable Bingo Operations Division announces that gross receipts for calendar year 2011 exceeded $705 million, the highest in the 29 years that bingo has been regulated.|
|Feb 14, 2012||With a transfer of $95.86 million, total Texas Lottery revenue to the state’s Foundation School Fund surpasses $14 billion since 1997.|
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|Nov 3, 2011||The Texas Lottery Commission announced that the agency was honored with three prestigious awards during the 2011 North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries Conference. The Texas Lottery was recognized for 2011’s “Best New Instant Game,” “Best Print Advertising – Outdoor,” and “Best Special Point-of-Sale Material.” The agency was also a
finalist in a fourth category—“Best Special Events Promotion.”
|Oct 19, 2011||The three-member Texas Lottery Commission unanimously approved game rule changes for Powerball. Bigger starting grand/jackpot prizes, better odds of winning and more chances to win $1 million will set this new version of the game apart from the original. The price will also increase from $1 to $2 per play.|
|Sep 28, 2011||Governor Rick Perry appointed Cynthia Tauss Delgado of League City to the Texas Lottery Commission.|
|Sep 8, 2011||The Texas Lottery set a new sales record in fiscal year 2011 with total sales of $3.811 billion. The agency also generated more than $1 billion in revenue for the state of Texas for the eighth consecutive year.|
|Jun 30, 2011||MAIM Revocable Trust, represented by Jim R. Ross, Trustee, of Arlington, claimed the Mega Millions grand/jackpot prize advertised at $35 million from the May 27 drawing. The final total value of the annuitized prize was $35,216,748.92.|
|Jun 29, 2011||The Texas Lottery Commission announced a redesign of the Powerball game including more big winners, bigger starting jackpots, and better overall odds.|
|May 27, 2011||Tommy’s #10, 321 S. Morgan, in Granbury sold a winning Mega Millions ticket worth $35 million, making the retailer eligible to receive a bonus of $350,000.|
|Mar 11, 2011||The Texas Lottery Commission announced that calendar year 2010 was the highest grossing ever for charitable bingo since the game was legalized in 1981. Total receipts exceeded $698.6 million, and players won a record $526.1 million in prizes.|
|Feb 17, 2011||The Texas Lottery Commission announced that it reached a new milestone in transfers to the Foundation School Fund (FSF), which supports Texas education. The agency transferred $76.2 million to the FSF on February 11, bringing total contributions since 1997 to more than $13 billion.|
|Jan 4, 2011||With an estimated jackpot of $355 million that eventually reached $380 million, the January 4 Mega Millions drawing set new records in Texas for single day sales of $12.9 million and single drawing sales, for the sales period January 1 to January 4, of $15.8 million.|
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|Dec 31, 2010||Reported gross receipts from the conduct of charitable bingo during calendar year 2010 total $699 million, prizes awarded total $527 million and charitable distributions total $34 million.|
|Dec 14, 2010||The Texas Lottery Commission announced the award of a nine-year contract with GTECH Corporation for lottery operations and services. The new agreement has the potential to save the state $160 million through the life of the contract.|
|Aug 24, 2010||Director of the Charitable Bingo Operations Division Phil Sanderson was elected president of the North American Gaming Regulators Association.|
|Mar 9, 2010||The Texas Lottery Commission unanimously appointed Gary Grief as executive director during their monthly meeting. Mr. Grief had served as deputy executive director since 2003 and twice took on the role of acting executive director prior to this appointment.|
|Mar 9, 2010||The Charitable Bingo Operations Division announced that calendar year 2009 was the highest grossing ever. Total receipts exceeded $693 million, and players won $518 million in prizes.|
|Feb 10, 2010||With a transfer of $73.3 million, the Texas Lottery Commission surpasses $12 billion in total transfers to the Foundation School Fund since 1997.|
|Feb 5, 2010||Katy resident William R Kiefer claims the largest prize every paid out by the Texas Lottery Commission. He will receive annual payments totaling $144 million over the next 26 years for matching all five numbers plus the Mega Ball in the Mega Millions drawing held Jan 29. Kiefer plans to donate a large portion of his prize to worthy causes.|
|Feb 3, 2010||Texas Lottery players participate in the first Powerball drawing in Texas. Total sales in Texas for the drawing were more than $1.3 million.|
|Jan 31, 2010||Powerball ticket sales begin in Texas.|
|Jan 29, 2010||A ticket sold at the Short Stop Market in Katy won a Mega Millions jackpot worth an estimated $144 million. The prize will be paid in 26 annual payments.|
|Jan 6, 2010||The Texas Lottery Commission voted 3-0 to approve the Powerball game rule. January 31 was set as the target date to begin Powerball sales, with the first Powerball drawing for Texas Lottery players occurring on Wednesday, February 3.|
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|Nov 17, 2009||
Taking the first step in bringing Powerball® to Texas, the Texas Lottery Commission voted 3-0 in favor of publishing a Powerball game rule for public comment.
|Nov 9, 2009||
The Texas Lottery launched the first-ever scratch-off game benefitting the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance, which is administered by the Texas Veterans Commission and supports veterans’ programs throughout the state. The $5 Veterans Cash ticket features prizes up to $20,000.
|Oct 12, 2009||
The Texas Lottery Commission announced that an agreement in principle has been reached between the Mega Millions® consortium and the Multi-State Lottery Association to allow for the sale of both Mega Millions and Powerball® tickets in all U.S. lottery jurisdictions. Powerball may be introduced as soon as early 2010.
|Aug 28, 2009||
Mega Millions reached its second-highest jackpot, originally estimated at $330 million and then bumped to $333 million due to brisk ticket sales before the August 28 drawing. Winning tickets were sold in California and New York, with each being eligible for half of the final $336 million jackpot, based on sales.
|Aug 17, 2009||
The Texas Lottery, in partnership with the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, released two new $5 scratch-off tickets. The tickets offer players a chance at cash prizes up to $100,000. In addition to instant cash prizes, players also have the opportunity to win exciting Cowboys and Texans merchandise and once-in-a-lifetime experiential prizes in the second-chance drawings.
|May 18, 2009||
The Texas Lottery introduced a new $20 scratch-off called the $500,000,000 Blockbuster . With 10 top prizes of $2.5 million and 40 second-tier
prizes of $1 million, it features more $1 million-plus prizes than any other Texas Lottery scratch-off game ever offered.
|Mar 30, 2009||
The Texas Lottery Commission introduced a new $50 scratch-off, $140,000,000 Extreme Payout (game #1101), featuring three top prizes of $10 million each and a prize payout of 78 percent, the highest ever for a Texas Lottery instant game.
|Mar 27, 2009||
Gov. Rick Perry named Mary Ann Williamson of Weatherford chair of the Texas Lottery Commission, replacing outgoing Commissioner James A. Cox Jr. of Austin as presiding officer.
The governor also appointed J. Winston Krause of Austin to the commission.
|Feb 20, 2009||
Texas Lottery officials announced that total Texas Lottery Commission transfers to the Foundation School Fund exceed $11 billion.
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|Dec 24, 2008||
Two Lotto Texas tickets matched all six numbers in the drawing on Christmas Eve, 11 – 28 – 32 – 49 – 51 – 53. The estimated annuitized jackpot was $8 million, giving each Quick Pick ticket a cash value of more than $2.9 million.
|Oct 7, 2008||
Gov. Rick Perry appointed Mary Ann Williamson to the Texas Lottery Commission.
|Sep 18, 2008||
The Texas Lottery reported that transfers to the Foundation School Fund for Fiscal Year 2008 were $983 million from total sales of $3.67 billion.
|Aug 7, 2008||
Joan R. Ginther of Bishop claimed a $3 million top prize in the Millions & Millions scratch-off game. Having already won $2 million from Holiday Millionaire in 2006 and a share of an $11 million Lotto Texas jackpot in 1993, Ms. Ginther became the first three-time Texas Lottery top-prize winner on record.
|Jun 30, 2008||
For the first time, all Texas Lottery Claim Centers can process claims of $1 million or less.
|Jun 25, 2008||The Charitable Bingo On-Line Operator Training Program goes live on the Charitable Bingo website.|
|May 25, 2008||
The Texas Lottery added a Store Locator to the official website and introduced Terminal Tones , making it possible to "hear" a winning ticket.
|Mar 7, 2008||
Governor Rick Perry appointed Fernando Reyes, Jr. to the Texas Lottery Commission.
|Jan 17, 2008||
John A. Jones, of Fort Worth, claims the $33 million Mega Millions jackpot prize for the drawing held on Jan. 1.
|Jan 4, 2008||
Transfers to the Foundation School Fund surpassed $10 billion. Since fiscal year 2004, the Texas Lottery has sent more than $1 billion each year to the FSF.
|Jan 1, 2008||
The Texas Lottery began 2008 with a bang when a ticket purchased at the C-Store Sub Express in Fort Worth matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball for the $33 million Mega Millions drawing held on January 1. The cash value of the ticket was $20,024,272.
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|Nov 11, 2007||Sales began for the Pick 3 add-on feature Sum It Up. The first Pick 3 drawing to include Sum It Up was held on November 12.|
|Nov 9, 2007||
SB Alchemy Holdings, Ltd., of Dallas, claims its portion of the $330 million jackpot prize that was shared by four winners for the drawing on Aug. 31.
|Oct 21, 2007||Texas Lottery ticket sales at the State Fair of Texas totaled more than $587,000 (unaudited), a new record for that event.|
|Oct 19, 2007||The Texas Lottery Commission joined the new Silver Alert Network to assist the Department of Public Safety in locating missing senior citizens.|
|Oct 17, 2007||Governor Rick Perry appointed David J. Schenck to the Texas Lottery Commission.|
|Sep 30, 2007||The Texas Lottery Commission began sales for Daily 4 with Sum It Up! The twice-daily drawings began on October 1, offering new play styles and more ways to win based on the four numbers drawn.|
|Aug 31, 2007||
One of four jackpot-winning tickets for the $330 Mega Millions drawing was sold at Kroger #318 SST, located at 19300 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., in Humble.
|Aug 31, 2007||Unaudited figures show that the Texas Lottery Commission transferred more than $1 billion to the Foundation School Fund for the fourth year in a row during Fiscal Year 2007. Sales totaled $3.774 billion.|
|Aug 31, 2007||The multi-state Mega Millions game climbed to its second-highest jackpot for the August 31 drawing, $330 million. A total of four jackpot-winning tickets were sold in Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia.|
|Jul 17, 2007||
The H & H Trust of Dallas claims the $128 million Mega Millions jackpot prize for the drawing held on July 6.
|Jul 6, 2007||
A winning ticket for a $128 million Mega Millions® jackpot was sold in Texas at Central Gas & More, located at 7950 Forest Lane, in Dallas.
|Jun 25, 2007||The Pick 3 day drawing returns the numbers 999 for the first time since the game began in 1993. Players win over $1.7 million in prizes.|
|May 16, 2007||
Mr. Philip D. Sanderson is appointed as the director of the Charitable Bingo Operations Division where he had served as assistant director since 1998.
|May 7, 2007||
The first $50 scratch-off ticket, $130 Million Spectacular , is launched by the Texas Lottery Commission. The game features over $133 million in prizes including three top prizes of $5 million and six $1 million prizes.
|Apr 25 , 2007||
The $75 million April 7 drawing gave Lotto Texas ® its 500th winner. Panjo Investments, Ltd, Tremarcor, LLC, General Partner, by John Stanford, Jr, president, of League City claimed the Cash Value Option prize of $45,014,921.84 (before taxes).
The Quick Mart located at 2100 Marina Bay Drive in League City sold the winning ticket, making the store eligible to receive the maximum Lotto Texas retailer bonus of $500,000.
|Mar 30 , 2007||
The Texas Lottery Commission adopted a policy and subsequently revised procedures so that the closing process for any scratch-off game would begin within one week of the last top-prize being claimed. In addition, the time period allowed for the closing process was shortened from 60 to 45 days.
|Mar 6 , 2007||
A record breaking Mega Millions jackpot was split between two winning tickets – one from Georgia and the other from New Jersey. First estimated at $340 million, the jackpot was raised to $355 million before reaching the final advertised amount of $370 million due to heavier-than-expected sales. Final sales supported a record jackpot prize amount of $390 million. Both winners selected the cash value option and received over $116.5 million each. Seven tickets in Texas were eligible for the $250,000 second-tier prize, matching five of five numbers.
The excitement surrounding this drawing helped pushed sales of tickets to $47,933,642 with Megaplier ™ sales just under $9.5 million for the roll cycle beginning January 10, 2007.
|Feb 9 , 2007||
Transfers from the Texas Lottery Commission to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas, top $9 billion. As of February 7, 2007, the exact amount transferred to the fund is $9,051,351,808.
|Feb 1, 2007||
The Crump, Allen & Lewis General Partnership, Ronald Crump, general partner, of Amarillo , became the fourth Texas claimant of a Mega Millions jackpot. The cash value option from the advertised $122 million jackpot drawing on January 9 was $73,572,690 (before taxes) and the largest Mega Millions prize ever claimed in Texas . The ticket was purchased at the Taylor Petro Co., Inc. #80 in Amarillo.
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|Dec 29 , 2006||Gov. Rick Perry designates James A. Cox Jr. of Austin as chair of the Texas Lottery Commission. Gov. Perry first appointed Mr. Cox to the Texas Lottery Commission on June 3, 2002. Mr. Cox was reappointed by on March 4, 2003. Former chairman C. Tom Clowe Jr. remains on board as a commissioner.|
|Sep 1 , 2006||Texas non-profit organizations and charitable groups that conduct charitable bingo games to raise funds for their causes brought in $8.5 million during the second quarter of 2006. Since 1982, non-profit groups have received a total of $820 million from the conduct of bingo games.|
|Aug 31, 2006||Fiscal Year 2006 ends as the highest sales year in the history of the Texas Lottery, with unaudited sales figures of all products totaling more than $3.77 billion. These sales resulted in a contribution of $1 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas.|
|Jun 28, 2006||Anthony J. Sadberry is named executive director of the Texas Lottery. Sadberry had been serving as acting executive director since his appointment in January.|
|Jun 12, 2006||Martha Cuellar, of El Paso, became the third Texas claimant of a Mega Millions jackpot. The cash value option from the $94 million advertised jackpot on May 16 was $53,131,991 (before taxes). The ticket was purchased at Good Time Store #12 in El Paso.|
|Apr 27 , 2006||Three Texas Two Step tickets match all four numbers drawn plus the bonus ball for a record-setting estimated jackpot of $2.9 million.|
|Apr 26 , 2006||A Legend Returns! Lotto Texas returns to a straight 6-of-54 matrix with overall odds of winning of 1 in 71. The new matrix replaces the previous 5-of-44 plus 1-of-44 bonus ball game.|
|Feb 9 , 2006||Transfers from the Texas Lottery Commission to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas, top $8 billion. As of February 3, 2006, the exact amount transferred to the fund is $8,034,186,919.|
|Jan 13 , 2006||Anthony J. Sadberry is named Acting Executive Director of the Texas Lottery Commission.|
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|Dec 5 , 2005||The Charitable Bingo Operations Division placed its 60th interactive licensing form on the bingo website for use by the general public and licensees. Interactive forms allow the user to complete forms electronically.|
|Nov 9 , 2005||Charitable distributions from bingo total more than $796,000,000 since 1982 to the end of the 3rd quarter 2005 (unaudited figures).|
|Sep 1 , 2005||Bingo Services Center and Bingo Hall Locator service go live on the Charitable Bingo Operations Division website to provide licensees and the general public with a wide variety of bingo related information and a bingo hall locator service with robust search capabilities.|
|Aug 31 , 2005||Fiscal Year 2005 ends. This marks the second consecutive year the Texas Lottery has transferred more than $1 billion back to the state to support public education. Unaudited sales figures of all products total more than $3.6 billion, an increase of five percent over FY 04.|
|Aug 11 , 2005||Larry L. Walcott of Arlington becomes the first Texas Mega Millions player to claim a $1 million second-tier prize for matching five of five numbers and purchasing the Megaplier option.|
|Jul 11 , 2005||Gary Grief is named Acting Executive Director of the Texas Lottery Commission.|
|Jun 22 , 2005||New Mega Millions rules go into effect as California joins the game. The second-tier prize increases to $250,000, and the third-tier prize rises to $10,000. Texas Mega Millions players who Megaply now have the chance to win up to $1 million without hitting the jackpot.|
|May 10 , 2005||The three-member board of the Texas Lottery Commission unanimously voted to adopt proposed rule amendments to the Mega Millions game, with a planned start date for the changes effective June 22, 2005. This action follows an announcement that California plans to become the 12th member state to join the game.|
|Apr 29 , 2005||John M. Kamali, owner of Dalrock Grocery in Rowlett, received a $1 million check from Texas Lottery Commission Executive Director Reagan E. Greer for selling the $112 million jackpot winning ticket for the March 1 Mega Millions drawing. Kamali is just the second retailer to receive the maximum bonus amount for selling a Mega Millions jackpot-winning ticket.|
|Mar 11 , 2005||MAL HOLDINGS, LP of Rowlett became the second Texas claimant of a Mega Millions jackpot. The cash value option from the March 1st $112 million advertised jackpot was $68,208,778 (before taxes). The ticket was purchased at Dalrock Grocery in Rowlett. The retail owner is eligible to receive a bonus of $1 million for selling the jackpot winning ticket. The Texas Lottery Commission votes to propose Mega Millions game changes after the California Lottery announced plans to become the 12th lottery member to join the multi-state game. The changes are expected to go into effect in June, and are projected to generate more than $67 million in additional revenue to the state from sales for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2005 through Fiscal Year 2009.|
|Mar 1 , 2005||To honor Bob Wills on the 100th anniversary of his birthday, the Texas Lottery issued the first-ever commemorative scratch ticket featuring the "Father of Western Swing." The $1 instant game offers a top cash prize of $1,100.|
|Feb 23 , 2005||With the almost $30 million in distributions that were made in calendar year 2004, Charitable Bingo distributions exceed $773.6 million since 1982. More than 1,300 charitable organizations are licensed to conduct bingo in Texas.|
|Feb 2 , 2005||Transfers from the Texas Lottery Commission to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas, top $7 billion. As of February 2, 2005, the exact amount transferred to the fund is $7,012,935,039.|
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|Dec 3 , 2004||The Texas Lottery celebrates its first full year of participation in the multistate Mega Millions game. Through December 3, 2004, sales for Mega Millions totaled $234 million, placing Texas in the top three states in sales. With Megaplier sales for the same period added in, sales totaled $289 million.|
|Oct 27 , 2004||Texas' first $30 scratch off game, Holiday Millions Wishes , debuts. In addition to four $2 million top prizes, the game offers prizes in the amounts of $20,000, $2000, $500, $300, $100, $70, $40 and $30. Overall odds of winning any prize in Holiday Millions Wishes are 1 in 2.17.|
|Oct 4 , 2004||
Ut Van Nguyen, of Carrollton, became the first Texas player to claim a Mega Million jackpot. Nguyen's ticket matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball drawn to win the $101 million advertised jackpot for the drawing on Oct. 1.
|Oct 1, 2004||
The Texas Lottery has its first Mega Millions® jackpot winner. Sack N Save #204, located at 1235 S. Josey Lane, in Carrollton, sold the $101 million jackpot-winning ticket.
|Sep 8 , 2004||The Texas Lottery Commission announced the execution of contracts for instant ticket manufacturing and services with the following entities: Scientific Games International, Inc. (Primary Vendor), and Pollard Banknote Limited (Secondary Vendor).|
|Aug 31 , 2004||Fiscal Year 2004 ends as the second-highest sales year in the history of the Texas Lottery, with unaudited sales figures of all products totaling nearly $3.5 billion. These sales resulted in a contribution of $1 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which helps support public education in Texas. Transfers to the Foundation School Fund now add up more than $6.6 billion since 1997, and total transfers from the Texas Lottery to the state of Texas equal more than $11.9 billion.|
|Jul 1 , 2004||June was a record-setting sales month for the Texas Lottery, with overall sales for the Games of Texas totaling more than $391.6 million. These best-ever sales were driven in large part by the all-time high Texas Lotto jackpot of $145 million won on June 19, as well as the introduction of exciting new scratch off games and a huge Mega Millions jackpot, which stood at $290 million at month's end.|
|Jun 19 , 2004||An unprecedented $122 million worth of tickets was sold this week for the biggest jackpot in Texas Lotto history, and the second largest single-state jackpot in U.S. history. The record estimated jackpot amount was $145 million. One ticket, sold in El Paso, matched all five numbers plus the Bonus Ball number. The winning numbers were 29-26-9-28-40, and the Bonus Ball number was 16.|
|May 29 , 2004||The Texas Lottery celebrates its 12th Anniversary. Since the Texas Lottery began on May 29, 1992, total sales have amounted to more than $35 billion and retailer commissions have totaled $1.8 billion. Total transfers to the state equal more than $11.4 billion, with over $6 billion of this amount transferred to the Foundation School Fund, which helps pay for public education in Texas.|
|Apr 12 , 2004||The three-member board of the Texas Lottery Commission vote unanimously to give the Executive Director flexibility to change the drawing schedule and draw days of the Texas Lottery Texas Two Step game. "Effective Saturday, June 26, 2004, the new draw days for the Two Step game will be Mondays and Thursdays," announces Executive Director Reagan E. Greer.|
|Apr 1 , 2004||The Texas Lottery ranks in the top 10 of worldwide lotteries in terms of total sales for the calendar year 2003, according to La Fleur's Magazine, which annually calculates sales of all lotteries around the world. In the Mar/April edition, the magazine cited Texas Lottery sales for the 2003 calendar year at $3.17 billion.|
|Apr 1 , 2004||Charitable Bingo celebrates its Tenth Anniversary at the Texas Lottery Commission. The administration of Charitable Bingo was transferred from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to the Texas Lottery Commission on April 1, 1994. During the past 10 years: 286.5 million people have attended Charitable Bingo occasions in Texas, Charitable Bingo gross receipts have totaled $6 billion, prizes paid to Bingo players have totaled $4.4 billion, charitable distributions generated by Bingo activities have totaled $389 million, allocations to cities and counties have totaled $99.6 million.|
|Mar 15 , 2004||The Texas Lottery Commission meets its mission of Contributing to the Foundation School Fund - in the total amount of $6,072,810,266. The milestone is reached after the latest transfer of $82.8 million, which has occurred monthly since September 1, 1997.|
|Feb 27 , 2004||Because of an exciting makeover for Bingo pull-tabs in 2003, contributions for non-profit organizations conducting Charitable Bingo see an eye-popping increase. The sale of pull-tabs goes up dramatically by nearly 45 percent to $128.9 million from $88.9 million in 2002. It marks the highest sales for pull-tabs since 1995.|
|Feb 20 , 2004||Texans participate in the highest jackpot ever seen in the Lone Star State. The Mega Millions jackpot is worth an advertised $230 million. Sales total $12.2 million leading up to the drawing, with $9.5 million of that coming in on the day of the drawing. Although no Texan wins the grand jackpot, there are six tickets that match the second prize tier, each worth $175,000. The tickets are sold in Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, Richmond, San Antonio and Weatherford.|
|Jan 31 , 2004||Lotto Texas hits its highest level since the game changed in May of 2003. A single ticket in Houston matches all five numbers plus the Bonus Ball for the advertised $70 million jackpot. The winner, Heliodoro Cuenca, chose the Cash Value Option payment and receives more than $42.8 million, before taxes.|
|Jan 15 , 2004||The Texas Lottery hits a huge milestone in its 11 years: $11 billion for Texas since the Games of Texas began in 1992. Since 1997, more than $5.9 billion of that has gone to the Foundation School Fund, which helps pay for public education in Texas.|
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|Dec 31 , 2003||Since the first Mega Millions drawing on December 5, there have been 541,982 cash-prize winning tickets in Texas. Of those, 142,228 were purchased with the Megaplier feature. To date, there have been 11 tickets that won the $175,000 prize, and three of those were purchased with the Megaplier.|
|Dec 5 , 2003||The Texas Lottery participates in its first ever Mega Millions drawing. Up for grabs - a $44 million jackpot. While no one correctly matches all five numbers plus the Mega Ball, there is one ticket sold in Texas that matches the first five numbers. The winner collects a $175,000 prize.|
|Dec 3 , 2003||Sales start for Mega Millions, and retailers everywhere are asking players, "Do you want to Megaply?" Texas becomes the only state in the 11-member Mega Millions group to offer an additional game feature, the Megaplier. For an extra $1, players can choose to play the Megaplier feature. They have the option of multiplying their non-jackpot prize winnings two, three or four times.|
|Oct 24 , 2003||Pick 3 turns 10! Since inception in 1993, it has raked in nearly $1.9 billion in sales, and paid out almost $907.2 million in prizes.|
|Oct 22 , 2003||Texas Lottery Sales is the big news item of the month. " Mega Millions sales set to begin on December 3," Executive Director Reagan E. Greer announces. The first drawing for Texas to participate will be Friday, December 5. A record-setting sales year for the Texas Lottery at the State Fair of Texas - it includes instant ticket sales of $338,164, and on-line tickets total $55,784.50. The Texas Lottery offers the first-ever scratch-off game that allows players the chance at $2 million instantly, and paid out in one lump sum payment. The $2,000,000 Spectacular scratch game is one of four holiday tickets up for grabs for Christmas 2003.|
|Oct 16 , 2003||Executive Director Reagan E. Greer signs one of the biggest agreements in Texas Lottery history. Texas becomes the 11th state to join Mega Millions . Sales are anticipated to meet or exceed the Legislative Budget Board's initial estimate of $101 million for the biennium. Texans join Mega Millions players in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Washington.|
|Sep 12 , 2003||Texas Lottery retailers participated in their first Amber Alert since joining the Texas Amber Alert Network last spring. On-line terminals and LED signs helped spread the word about three children, abducted from the Jourdanton area outside of San Antonio.|
|Sep 1 , 2003||Texas Lottery Commission begins a public awareness campaign to remind players that The Games of Texas were created to be a fun form of entertainment and to PLAY RESPONSIBLY!|
|Aug 5 , 2003||Texas Lottery Commission authorizes Executive Director Reagan E. Greer to begin negotiations to join Mega Millions - the 10 member multi-state game. Revenue for the State of Texas is expected to reach more than $100 million for the first biennium.|
|Jul 28 , 2003||Time runs out on a $5 million Lotto Texas jackpot. It is the fourth multi-million dollar jackpot to go unclaimed in the Texas Lottery's 11-year history. The ticket was purchased in San Antonio for the January 29 drawing, and was worth more than $3 million, the Cash Value Option equivalent of the jackpot amount.|
|Jul 17 , 2003||With Fiscal Year 2002 sales at $2.966 billion, the Texas Lottery moves to third place in the nation for overall sales behind the Massachusetts and New York lotteries, according to a fiscal sales summary provided by La Fleur's 2003 World Lottery Almanac.|
|Jun 9 , 2003||The very first winner of the revamped Lotto Texas game claims his prize. David Kelly of Houston matched all five numbers plus the Bonus Ball for the June 7 jackpot, worth $37 million. He chose the Cash Value Option, and received more than $24 million, before taxes.|
|May 4 , 2003||Sales begin for the new Lotto Texas game. The first drawing is set for May 7. Players now choose five numbers from one field of 44 numbers, and then choose a bonus ball number from another field of 44 numbers.|
|Mar 31 , 2003||Governor Rick Perry comes to the Texas Lottery Commission to make a joint announcement with Executive Director Reagan E. Greer that the agency has joined the Texas Amber Alert Network, bringing more than 15,800 lottery retailers into the state's effort to find missing and abducted children.|
|Mar 27 , 2003||The Texas Lottery Commission posts a 3-0 vote in favor of changing the Lotto Texas game. The new bonus ball-style game, with ticket sales set to begin May 4, is expected to bring in more than $50 million in additional revenue to the State of Texas in the first full fiscal year of sales. Players will choose five numbers from one field of 44 numbers; then choose a bonus ball from a second field of 44 numbers. Projections indicate a possibility of Lotto Texas jackpots reaching between $65 and $100 million three to four times in a 52-week period.|
|Mar 25 , 2003||A record-high $1.8 million Texas Two Step jackpot is up for grabs. Three lucky tickets match all four numbers plus the Bonus Ball. Two tickets are purchased in Houston, and the third ticket is bought in Teague.|
|Feb 28 , 2003||Reagan E. Greer of San Antonio is named Executive Director of the Texas Lottery Commission.|
|Jan 22 , 2003||The record Lotto Texas jackpot for the current fiscal year - $53 million - is split between two six-of-six matching tickets. The winners, the Victory Trust of Brownsville and the Perkov Family Trust of Grand Prairie, each receive $16.2 million for choosing the Cash Value Option payout.|
|Jan 10 , 2003||Texas Lottery gives Texans an opportunity to own a little piece of the Texas Dream. The instant ticket game Bucks 'N Trucks is back by popular demand as Bucks 'N Trucks II . The first winner of a new, bright red Ford F-150 SuperCab pickup is Jimmie Buck from Fredericksburg.|
|Jan 9 , 2003||The 180-day deadline passes for a Lotto Texas ticket bought in Dallas for the Jul 13, 2002, drawing, worth $9 million. The Quick Pick ticket was purchased with the Cash Value Option, and was worth $5,184,917 million, before taxes. It makes the third jackpot-winning ticket left unclaimed in Texas Lottery history.|
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|Dec 22 , 2002||The day marks the first time a Texas Two Step jackpot has gone unclaimed in the game's history. The $300,000 jackpot-winning ticket was purchased in Grand Prairie for the drawing held on June 25.|
|Dec 15 , 2002||The Texas Lottery Commission reaches a financial milestone. Total transfers to the State of Texas exceed $10 billion. Transfers to the Foundation School Fund total more than $4.9 billion since 1997.|
|Sep 27 , 2002||Gary Grief is named Acting Executive Director of the Texas Lottery Commission.|
|Aug 31 , 2002||The Texas Lottery Commission is on a roll. Sales for Fiscal Year 2002 continue on an upward swing, making the fiscal year the third straight year for sales going up, and helping to create the fifth-largest transfer of Lottery dollars to the State in the agency's 10-year history. Sales total $2.966 billion, and the state receives $956.6 million in revenue, a 10.5 percent increase from the previous fiscal year.|
|Aug 8 , 2002||After 10 years of operations, Texas Lottery terminals in more than 16,500 lottery retailers are changed over to the new ISYS terminal. The new terminals feature a customer display screen that provides players verification of winning tickets at lottery retail outlets. The new terminals also have programmable LED (Light Emitting Diode) message display units, allowing the Lottery Commission the instantaneous ability to better inform players and retailers of jackpot amounts or new games.|
|Jul 29 , 2002||The first drawing is held for the Texas Lottery's newest game, Cash Five. The game replaces the old Cash 5 game, and produces more than 71,000 winners, who win a combined total of $276,644. Players win a guaranteed cash prize of $2 for matching only two numbers. The overall odds of winning change from 1-in-100 to 1-in-8, and it becomes the lottery's second on-line game to be drawn every day except Sundays.|
|Jun 22 , 2002||Lotto Texas jackpot is worth $70 million. Tickets are selling at an average of 41,941 per minute. There are five 6-of-6 matching tickets sold in Terrell, Sherman, Pearland, Austin and Longview. Four of the tickets are sold before the day of the drawing, and one is sold the day of the drawing. All five of the winners chose the Cash Value Option and receive more than $8.5 million each, before taxes.|
|Jun 1 , 2002||The Texas Lottery Commission Anniversary Celebration takes place at headquarters in Austin. The event, held on 6th Street, includes musical talent by Austin musician Shelley King and The David Spann Band, featuring Texas State Representative Ron Wilson. GTECH provides the lottery selling trailer, and lottery retailer Fiesta Mart sells more than $4,700 worth of tickets for the event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.|
|May 29 , 2002||The Texas Lottery reaches its 10 Year Anniversary of sales. To commemorate the event, the Lottery plans a week-long celebration that includes an Employee Appreciation Day and awards for Texas Lottery Retailers that sold $10 million or more in lottery products. Fifty-seven employees are honored at the quarterly staff meeting for 10 years service at the Texas Lottery, and 12 retailers are honored in Austin at a special dinner given by GTECH.|
|May 27 , 2002||History is made with the first change ever to the time of the Texas Lottery's on-line game drawings. The drawing time is changed from 9:59 p.m. to 10:12 p.m.|
|May 1 , 2002||The Texas Lottery introduces the first Texas Lottery Harley-Davidson Scratch-Off game. The instant game is an instant success with players, with three top winners for the Harley-Davidson ® Sportster ® 1200 Custom TM motorcycle in the first two days of sales. The instant game ends the month breaking an industry record for one-month ticket sales by exceeding $12.5 million. The former record was held by California, which posted sales of $9 million.|
|Apr 29 , 2002||The Texas Lottery launches the first-ever Pick 3 Day Drawing with an overwhelming response from players. First day sales from Apr 28 total more than $99,000. Now drawings take place at 12:27 p.m. every day except Sundays.|
|Apr , 2002||Charitable Bingo in the Lone Star State marks its 20 Year Anniversary. Since 1982, Charitable Bingo has brought in approximately:
|Mar 18 , 2002||Texas Lottery Commission launches a statewide public awareness campaign regarding the "Latin Lotto Scam ." The lottery enlists the aid of law enforcement agencies throughout the state to help spread the message among elderly Hispanics to be aware of con artists duping citizens with altered lottery tickets. The campaign kicks off in Houston at the Ripley House with State Senator Mario Gallegos and Houston Police Department representatives present. Also the Lottery, in conjunction with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (T-CLEOSE) sponsored training programs in major metropolitan cities around Texas to inform local law enforcement about the scam.|
|Mar 15 , 2002||The unclaimed $13 million Lotto Texas jackpot prize is transferred to the state's Multicategorical Teaching Hospital Account. The account receives $7.3 million, which equals the Cash Value Option amount.|
|Mar 6 , 2002||Texas Lottery Claim Centers throughout the state are now able to pay a top-prize amount up to $999,999.|
|Feb 8 , 2002||A ticket sold in Cameron matches all four numbers plus the Bonus Ball for the Texas Two Step drawing, and becomes the highest single jackpot-winning ticket for the game to date. Gwendolyn Kelly of Cameron collects the $1.5 million jackpot prize on March 15th.|
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|Dec 20 , 2001||A Lotto Texas ticket for a $13 million jackpot expires at midnight after not being claimed within the 180-day time period. The Quick Pick ticket was bought in Humble for the June 23, 2001, drawing. The player(s) chose the Cash Value Option, which would have paid out $7.3 million. It is the second time in the lottery's history that a jackpot has gone unclaimed.|
|Oct 10 , 2001||Enhanced services, faster ticket machines and the lowest per-ticket rate Texas has ever paid are just a few of the benefits of a new nine-year contract signed by the Texas Lottery Commission and the GTECH Corporation. TLC Executive Director Linda Cloud said the new contract provides "greater value to the State of Texas and better services for players and retailers."|
|Sep 1 , 2001||Fiscal Year 2001 ended on an upswing for sales of Lotto Texas. Up by 19 percent over the previous year, unaudited sales of Lotto during FY 2001 came in at $695 million, compared with $583 million the previous fiscal year. Total cash transfers to the Foundation School Fund for FY '01 are $835.8 million.|
|May 13 , 2001||Texas Two Step dances across Texas with a flourish. Sales for the first week top $1.2 million, with $655 thousand coming on the day of the first drawing, May 18th. To debut the game, the Lottery co-sponsors a two-step dance contest in Pasadena, drawing nearly 500 entries. The winners, selected from 17 two-stepping couples, took home the first prize of an all-expense trip to Florida to see country music stars Brooks and Dunn in concert.|
|May 11 , 2001||Texas Million discontinued. Since it began in May 1998, Texas Million created 25 millionaires and had nearly $210 million in sales, bringing close to $65 million to the Foundation School Fund during the term of the game.|
|Mar 16 , 2001||One day after claiming their record jackpot, the members of RBH CNC, Ltd., Robert and Beverly Chody, hold a press conference surrounded by family, friends, and dozens of Robert Chody's colleagues from the City of Austin Police Department. The mounted police officer says he'll keep working. The partnership claimed its prize the day before, on Beverly's 30th birthday.|
|Mar 9 , 2001||Governor Rick Perry appoints Houston businessman Walter Criner to the Texas Lottery Commission to a term that expires January 31, 2003. The new appointee replaces Houston attorney Anthony Sadberry who resigned. The governor also re-appoints Dallas attorney Betsy Whitaker to a full six-year term.|
|Mar 7 , 2001||Lotto fever grips the state! Ticket sales skyrocket as the Lotto Texas jackpot climbs to $85 million, its highest level ever. With sales climbing by the minute, Lottery Executive Director Linda Cloud bumps the advertised record jackpot of $77 million to $85 million. At the peak of sales on Wednesday, tickets went at the rate of 64,000 per minute. Sales reach a new one-day record of $32.2 million the day of the drawing.|
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|Sep 13 , 2000||LOJO Partners of Richardson claims the largest single-winner jackpot prize sold to date for Lotto Texas. The winner is a partnership that is represented by Lois Loden and John Osorio of Richardson. They chose the Cash Value Option that will give the partnership $34.1 million. Loden and Osorio purchased $15 worth of tickets at an Albertson's located at 111 N. Plano in Richardson.|
|Sep 9 , 2000||Lotto fever is everywhere! With a $60 million estimated jackpot ready to go ticket sales are soaring. Sales are so strong, Lottery Executive Director Linda Cloud bumps the advertised jackpot twice: first from $57 million to $59 million and then to $60 million, making this the first "double bump" in Lotto Texas history. During peak selling hours on Saturday, tickets were going at 33,000 per minute. The $60 million jackpot is the third largest prize in the history of the agency.|
|Aug 31 , 2000||The Texas Lottery Commission ends its eighth fiscal year by posting sales in excess of $2.6 billion. Public education is again the big winner, as it receives nearly $900 million from Lottery deposits. Since the first ticket was sold in May of 1992, the State has received more than $8 billion in lottery revenues.|
|Jul 19 , 2000||For the first time in nearly eight years, the Texas Lottery changes its Lotto Texas game. Four numbers are added to the field from which players can choose their numbers. Among the other changes is a hike in the payout to 55 percent of the jackpot. Additionally, winners picking three of six winning numbers see their prize increase from $3 to $5: winners of four-of-six will see an increase to a $105 average payout: and the five-of-six average prize climbs to $2,500. The odds also decrease to one in 25.8 million for winning the six-of-six jackpot prize.|
|Mar 22 , 2000||A $28 million Lotto Texas jackpot causes a sensation. It is the largest jackpot to date of calendar year 2000, and a former Dallas Cowboy living in Austin purports to have the winning ticket. Eight days later, a corporation headed by Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson claims a Cash Value Option jackpot in excess of $14 million.|
|Mar 21 , 2000||After nearly five years at the helm of the three-member Lottery Commission, Chairwoman Harriet Miers resigns. Governor George W. Bush names C. Tom Clowe originally appointed in November of 1998, to head the Commission. Bush also appoints Dallas attorney Betsy Whitaker to assume Miers'unexpired term.|
|Mar 14 , 2000||Texas Lottery Commissioners vote unanimously to authorize the publication of proposed amendments that could bring changes to the Lotto Texas game by early summer. The amendments increase the payout from 50 percent to 55 percent and expand the Lotto's field of numbers from 50 to 54.|
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|Dec 15 , 1999||Houston-area Lottery players won't have to look far to find out what the latest Lotto Texas jackpot is. Ten trailers featuring a digital display across the sides of the trucks will tell motorists and pedestrians the amount of the current Lotto jackpot. The trucks will travel throughout a 50- to 75-mile radius within the Houston area carrying non-Lottery merchandise to retail outlets.|
|Nov 10 , 1999||The largest Lotto Texas jackpot to date in calendar year 1999, $38 million, is won by Candelario and San Juanita Garcia of Victoria. The store clerk mistakenly sold San Juanita 10 annuity Quick Pick tickets. She decided to keep them anyway.|
|Sep 14 , 1999||A dozen lottery players, mostly struggling farmers from Gould, Oklahoma, pop. 250, harvested a huge cash crop this year in the form of a Lotto Texas Cash Value Option jackpot of $11.8 million. They purchased 120 tickets at the Super 7 Convenience store in Quanah. The advertised jackpot for the Aug 23rd drawing was $23 million.|
|Aug 31 , 1999||Fiscal Year 1999 ends and the Texas Lottery delivers nearly $1 billion to the Foundation School Fund. Since its inception, the Lottery has returned more than $7 billion to state coffers.|
|Aug 6 , 1999||Retirement is even sweeter now for 64-year-old Louis C. Lopez of Midland. He took home a Cash Value Option lump sum of $5.1 million for winning the $10 million Lotto Texas drawing on Jul 28th. He bought only one ticket.|
|Jul 26 , 1999||Bingo players can now call to find out where they can play. Players can call 1-800-48-TEXAS to find the nearest Charitable Bingo hall. This same information is available on the website at www.txbingo.org, where players can search by ZIP code, city, or county to find the nearest hall.|
|Jul 23 , 1999||Chalk one up for the media. Veteran news anchor Peter Torgerson of Harlingen, and long-time friend and landscaper Mark Hulings of Rio Hondo, split the $37 million jackpot from the July 17th Lotto Texas drawing. Torgerson bought five Lotto tickets for Hulings on his birthday.|
|Jul 8 , 1999||Fogarty Klein & Partners, a Houston advertising agency, wins the bid to handle general advertising duties for the Texas Lottery. The agency replaced GSD&M of Austin.|
|Jun 30 , 1999||The Texas Lottery goes "e" when it launches its new website at www.txlottery.org. In the first three weeks, over a quarter million people visit the site, averaging over 12 minutes each time they visit.|
|Jun 20 , 1999||The Texas Lottery issues BINGO, the newest instant ticket that reflects the hike in the prize payout. The $2-dollar BINGO ticket features a brand new play style with up to four chances to win on one ticket and a top prize of $25,000.|
|Jun 19 , 1999||Gov. George W. Bush signed into law House Bill 844 by Rep. Ron Wilson, D-Houston, removing the cap on the prize payout percentage. This restored to the Texas Lottery Commission the discretion to establish the payout.|
|Feb 28 , 1999||"It was a great year for Charitable Bingo in Texas," declares Billy Atkins, Charitable Bingo Director at the Texas Lottery Commission. During 1998, gross receipts from bingo totaled $604 million, up from $593 million in 1997. Charitable distributions also increased from $38 million in 1997 to $42 million in 1998.|
|Jan 13 , 1999||Bill Parsons, general partner of the Financial Freedom I, L.P., kicked off 1999 by winning $22 million. He held the ticket from the drawing on Saturday, Jan 2nd and claimed his prize as a Cash Value Option sum that totaled $12.3 million.|
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|Nov 13 , 1998||C. Thomas Clowe, Jr. of Waco is appointed by Gov. George W. Bush to fill the unexpired term of Judge John L. Hill on the Texas Lottery Commission. Clowe is senior vice president of Southern Union Company, Austin, a natural gas business with clients in four states.|
|Oct 29 , 1998||Billy Atkins is named Charitable Bingo Operations Director.|
|Oct 17 , 1998||For only the second time in its history, the Lotto Texas jackpot rolls to $65 million. The last time the jackpot rolled this high was in August of 1994.|
|Oct 10 , 1998||Texas has six new millionaires as the Grand Prize Drawings come to a close. Robert Vice of Magnolia, Kim Bigley of Austin, Jimmy Jackson of Angleton, Ronny Foster of Dallas, Phuong Do of Garland, and Jacqueline Smith of Devine each won $1 million at a Grand Prize Drawing.|
|Oct 2 , 1998||Lightning hits twice in the Central Texas town of McGregor. Dandy Dan's Citgo sells two top-prize Buck$ 'N Truck$ tickets within 10 days of each other. The elated truck winners, Billie Lam of Flat and Kay Waters of Moody, collect their prizes at the Waco Claim Center.|
|Aug 31 , 1998||Fiscal Year 1998 ends with total sales at nearly $3.1 billion. The Lottery transfers $1.3 billion to the Foundation School Fund.|
|Jul 8 , 1998||Lone Star Millionaire returns! The Lottery revives the popular game that first appeared in the Summer of 1992. Six Grand Prize Drawings are scheduled for South Padre Island, El Paso, Lubbock, San Antonio, and two at the State Fair of Texas.|
|Jun 3 , 1998||In another first, the Lottery premieres a new scratch game with a top prize of merchandise. With Buck$ 'N Truck$, players can win a fully-loaded Special Edition Dodge Ram truck valued at $34,000, as well as cash prizes ranging from $2 to $1,000.|
|May 29 , 1998||Four Texas Million players become the state's newest millionaires. First-drawing sales surpass the $6 million mark.|
|May 19 , 1998||Ten co-workers at Continental Airlines in Houston pool their resources and invest $10 in Lotto Texas tickets. Their investment nets them a profit of a $4 million jackpot.|
|May 18 , 1998||Texas Million debuts! Tickets for the Lottery's fourth on-line game go on sale and are available at any retailer where Lotto Texas, Cash 5, or Pick 3 are sold.|
|Mar 14 , 1998||They stopped to buy bread, but walked out with a lot of dough. Forestburg floor-installer Charles McDaniel and his wife Joan discover they're holding one of the two winning tickets for that night's Lotto Texas drawing. On the way home from seeing Titanic, they stopped at a convenience store to buy bread at 2:30 a.m. and learned they had a winning ticket.|
|Mar 11 , 1998||Proving yet again that it takes only one ticket to win, 38-year-old Houston construction worker LaDraun Campbell wins $12 million in Lotto Texas dollars. He hires a bus to bring 50 family members and friends, all of whom slept at his house the night before, to share in his big day at Lottery HQ in Austin.|
|Feb 4 , 1998||The Lotto Texas jackpot climbs to $47 million and ticket sales soar to more than 40,000 per minute at 5 p.m. on the day of the drawing. One winning ticket is sold in Uvalde to Billy Cowsert of San Antonio. He comes to collect his big win on February 27.|
|Jan 8 , 1998||It's an astronomical sales record for the five-year-old Texas Lottery! "If we laid every instant ticket we've sold since start-up end to end, the line would go to the moon and back," says Lottery Director Linda Cloud, as the Lottery celebrates selling $10 billion in instant tickets. Those sales include tickets sold for $1, $2, $3 and $5.|
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|Dec 16 , 1997||In a unanimous vote, the three-member Lottery Commission officially names Acting Executive Director Linda Cloud as the Lottery's Executive Director.|
|Nov 24 , 1997||For trucks, there's no place like Texas. The Lottery issues a Request for Proposals for a prize vehicle package that will be the driving force of a new instant game in 1998. The Bucks 'N Trucks game will offer 50 top-prize winners the "Official Truck of the Texas Lottery."|
|Nov 4 , 1997||In celebration of Lotto Texas' fifth birthday, the Lottery offers jackpots worth no less than $10 million for each drawing through November.|
|Oct 29 , 1997||Linda Cloud is named Acting Executive Director by the Texas Lottery Commissioners.|
|Oct 18 , 1997||It was an enchanted evening for 20 strangers who met while waiting in line at the Corner Mart in Texas City to buy tickets for the $55 million Lotto Texas jackpot that night. They pooled their resources, bought 100 Quick Picks, and won the whole thing. The group of fortunate strangers called themselves the "Texas City Lucky Lottery Trust."|
|Oct 15 , 1997||Cisco dishwasher Fidencia Ramirez finally gets to sleep late after winning an $8 million Lotto Texas jackpot. For the last 18 years, she had been rising at 4:30 a.m. to get to work by 6 a.m. at the White Elephant Restaurant where she purchased the ticket. She and her husband, Perfecto, move to Presidio to be closer to their children.|
|Sep 26 , 1997||The second annual "Lotto Texas Second Chance Drawing" ends with Melissa Miller of Austin winning the $100,000 Grand Prize.|
|Sep 24 , 1997||The number '13' proves to be a lucky charm for a group of 13 paralegals, law clerks, billing assistants, and secretaries at a Dallas law firm. Each put $5 in the Lotto Texas pool, and the group came away winning $10.4 million.|
|Sep 3 , 1997||John Rhode, a construction foreman, puts the town of Weatherford on the Lotto Texas map once again by winning a $10 million jackpot, the fourth by a resident of the town. With a population of 15,000, Weatherford becomes the smallest Texas town with the most Lotto Texas winners.|
|Aug 31 , 1997||Surpassing the Comptroller's Revenue Estimate, the Lottery ends the '97 fiscal year with total sales reaching $3.7 billion, exceeding the previous year's sales by more than nine percent.|
|Aug 20 , 1997||Ten employees of the Folger's Coffee Company in Sherman pool their money and win a $6.4 million Lotto Texas jackpot. To collect their winnings, they form the "BPWU" (Best Part of Waking Up) Partnership.|
|Jul 26 , 1997||Using the numbers on road signs between Laredo and San Antonio, Rosa Zamora fills in a Lotto Texas playslip and wins $6.6 million. Her husband, Jesus, quits his job at the Coca Cola plant in San Antonio, and they and their three children return to Matamoros, Mexico to start a business.|
|Jul 16 , 1997||After 15 years of layoffs and business closings, Billie Harrell of Porter claims a $31 million Lotto Texas jackpot. "I wasn't going to give up. Everyone kept telling me it would get better. I didn't realize it would get this much better," he said at his check presentation ceremony.|
|Jun 9 , 1997||Larry Littwin of New York City is hired as the new Executive Director of the Texas Lottery.
Linda Cloud, former Director of Lottery Operations, is appointed by Commissioners to the post of Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Lottery.
|May 29 , 1997||It is the Lottery's 5th Birthday and the Lottery gets quite a gift - the breaking of weekly sales records made in the very first week of lottery sales.|
|Apr 23 , 1997||"The Wild Bunch," a self-proclaimed zany group of 17 mostly-retired Corpus Christi residents come to Lottery Headquarters to collect approximately $6 million. This group of country music musicians entertain the staff, and themselves, by plucking their guitars, belting out songs, and two-steppin'.|
|Apr 18 , 1997||The Lottery moves from 6935 IH 35, its headquarters for four years, to a new home located in the heart of downtown Austin at 611 East Sixth Street.|
|Mar 18 , 1997||The Lottery Commissioners direct the Commission staff to "proceed to re-bid the lottery operator contract through the preparation and issuance of a Request for Proposals no later than June 30, 1997, or earlier as best efforts allow."|
|Feb 10 , 1997||The Lottery offers players a Cash Value Option, allowing Lotto Texas jackpot winners the option of collecting their prize money all at once, or in annual installments.|
|Jan 10 , 1997||Texas Lottery total ticket sales pass the $13 billion mark.|
|Jan 2 , 1997||Governor George Bush appoints former Chief Justice John Hill of Houston to the Texas Lottery Commission. Hill replaces Joe Morin of Austin, who resigned.|
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|Dec 18 , 1996||Forty-three winners from the farming town of Roby come to Lottery Headquarters to collect a $46.7 million Lotto Texas Christmas present. These friendly winners receive international media coverage - including stories in USA Today and Time magazines, and coverage on "Good Morning America" and "The Today Show."|
|Nov 27 , 1996||Tonight's Lotto Texas jackpot totals $46.7 million. It is the second-largest jackpot won by a single ticket in Texas Lottery history.|
|Nov 25 , 1996||The Lottery adds Monday and Thursday Cash 5 drawings to the current Tuesday and Friday draw schedule.|
|Nov 6 , 1996||Happy Holidays, the Texas Lottery's first $5 scratch game, is launched. Strong sales from all Lottery products help set a record average of $78.4 million per week for the 1996 holiday season.|
|Oct 24 , 1996||It's Lotto Texas' birthday, and a red and yellow gift box explodes in the Lottery parking lot to reveal a $10 million present to Lotto Texas players. From Oct 26 to November 9, no jackpot is less than $10 million and the jackpots grow in increments of $10 million!|
|Oct 9 , 1996||Texas Lottery sales since start-up reach $12 billion.|
|Sep 24 , 1996||Artist Raphael Casarez helps to kick off the Lottery's Second Scratch Ticket Design Contest in San Antonio. Casarez designed the Honey Money scratch ticket - one of two new games produced from among the winners of the first contest.|
|Aug 31 , 1996||The 1996 fiscal year closes with a bang, with a record $3.4 billion in total sales and $1.1 billion in profits for the General Revenue Fund.|
|Aug 2 , 1996||Lotto Texas Second Chance Drawings are held every Friday in August. By August 30, 125 winners have won a total of $2 million.|
|Jun 23 , 1996||Total Texas Lottery sales pass the $11 billion mark.|
|May 28 , 1996||Lottery approves extension, for a maximum of five years, of contract with GTECH Corporation. This extension will provide $100 million rate cut and $1.29 billion in new revenue to the state.|
|Mar 10 , 1996||The not-quite-four-year-old Texas Lottery becomes the fastest U.S. lottery ever to sell $10 billion in tickets. It takes just 101 days to sell this most-recent $1 billion.|
|Feb 2 , 1996||More than 50 Texas Lottery millionaires brave a winter storm and come to Houston for educational seminars at the Second Annual Millionaires Reunion.|
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|Dec 31 , 1995||Charitable Bingo gross receipts in Texas total $635.2 million for calendar year 1995, an increase of $557,000 over 1994 figures. That is the first increase in annual Bingo receipts in Texas since 1991.|
|Nov 30 , 1995||Texas Lottery sales since start-up reach $9 billion.|
|Oct 13 , 1995||First Cash 5 drawing produces 19,191 winners, including Shui Fong Sun of Houston, the only player to match all 5 winning numbers for a prize of $224,488. Cash 5 drawings will be Tuesday and Friday nights at 9:59 p.m. Central Time.|
|Oct 10 , 1995||Five skydiving Elvises land in Dallas' historic West End Marketplace to kick off sales for Cash 5, the on-line game where players pick five numbers from a field of 39 for a chance to win "cash prizes worth celebrating."|
|Sep 29 , 1995||First Texas Lottery tickets sold at the State Fair of Texas. New law allows sale of Lottery tickets on government-owned land.|
|Sep 21 , 1995||Profits earned on fiscal 1995 sales reach a record $1 billion. All Texas Lottery profits are deposited into the General Revenue Fund, the state's main "checking account."|
|Aug 31 , 1995||Texas Lottery ticket sales for fiscal year 1995 reach a record $3.037 billion. Texas is the No. 1 selling lottery in North America for the second year in a row.|
|Aug 11 , 1995||The Lottery sells $1 billion in tickets in only 110 days. Total sales soar past the $8 billion mark!|
|Aug 10 , 1995||Governor Bush appoints Austin's Joe Morin to the Texas Lottery Commission. Mr. Morin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce.|
|Aug 4 , 1995||Guadalupe Rodriguez joins the Texas Lottery's Hall of Fame. The El Paso newspaper carrier wins the second largest prize to date (surpassing Jean Graham of Houston), claiming a $43,503,163 Lotto Texas jackpot. How does it feel? "Almost like walking on air," according to Guadalupe.|
|Jul 17 , 1995||Texas Lottery profits for the General Revenue Fund pass the $2.5 billion mark after just 37 months of ticket sales!|
|May 26 , 1995||Buying tickets gets easier for scratch game players as the Lottery introduces instant ticket vending machines. The first machines are rolled out at selected Lottery retail locations in San Antonio.|
|May 23 , 1995||Adena Thompson and Gordon Larson of Farmers Branch claim the first $1,000-a-week prize in the immensely successful Weekly Grand game.|
|May 4 , 1995||Governor George W. Bush appoints Dallas attorney Harriet Miers to the Texas Lottery Commission. Ms. Miers is a former President of the Texas Bar Association and Dallas City Council member.|
|Apr 24 , 1995||The 180-day limit passes on a $12.4 million jackpot prize purchased for the October 26 Lotto Texas drawing. That prize becomes the first jackpot prize to go unclaimed.|
|Apr 23 , 1995||A quiet Sunday pushes cumulative Lottery ticket sales over the $7 billion mark!|
|Mar 23 , 1995||Ten celebrity judges select Texas 'Toons, by Austin artist Greg Dorchak, as the winner of the Lottery's first scratch game design contest. The Lottery received more than 31,000 entries and paid a grand prize of $3,000!|
|Mar 13 , 1995||Proclaiming "Pick 3 is EZ," Lottery officials launch a campaign to introduce more players to Pick 3, the daily game.|
|Jan 25 , 1995||More than 40 Texas Lottery millionaires-whose prizes total nearly half a billion dollars-gather in Austin for the first Millionaires' Reunion. Asked if they still play the Lottery, they answer in unison, "You bet!"|
|Jan 17 , 1995||Lightning strikes twice for Aurbie Johnson of Waco. The 74-year-old father of ten arrives to claim his Instant Million top prize, just five months after he scratched off a $100,000 prize in The $100,000 Game!|
|Jan 4 , 1995||Four of the longest stretch limousines in Texas pull up to Lottery Headquarters. Our most flamboyant Lotto Texas millionaire to date-Foster McMillan of Euless-brings 30 excited friends and family members to help him claim his $5.2 million jackpot.|
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|Dec 31 , 1994||Closing the year with $2.8 billion in sales, the Texas Lottery ranks No. 1 in the USA and No. 4 in the entire world in total sales! Texas ranks third in the world in instant ticket sales and fifth in on-line product sales.|
|Dec 14 , 1994||No one matches all six numbers in the Wednesday night Lotto Texas drawing, but total Texas Lottery sales pass the $6 billion mark!|
|Nov 12 , 1994||Jean Graham's record doesn't last long. Joe Jones, a service station owner from Mansfield, wins the $54 million Lotto Texas jackpot. Says Jones: "I'll never pump another gallon of gas for the rest of my life!"|
|Oct 28 , 1994||Governor Richards appoints Dallas businesswoman Jan Hart to the Texas Lottery Commission. Hart replaces Jan Fisher Greaves of Odessa, who resigned. The Governor designates Anthony Sadberry of Cypress to chair the Commission.|
|Sep 21 , 1994||Jean Graham, a Houston nurse, matches all six Lotto Texas numbers. Graham, her husband, son and daughter form a trust to claim a $41.8 million jackpot -the largest single prize so far in Texas Lottery history!|
|Aug 30 , 1994||Lottery profits to the General Revenue Fund for fiscal year 1994 total $869 million, including $87 million in unspent administrative funds!|
|Aug 27 , 1994||Three lucky winners match all six Lotto Texas numbers to share a $58.4 million jackpot-second highest prize in Texas Lottery history.|
|Aug 13 , 1994||Cumulative sales pass the $5 billion mark as the Texas Lottery is named the No. 1 Lottery in the USA!|
|Aug 4 , 1994||High-flying, fast-scratching super-spokesman Scratchman tours the state to mark the introduction of the Scratchman scratch game.|
|Jul 21 , 1994||David McBirnie, a bread salesman from Van Horn, wins the top prize in the Lottery's 30th-and final-Million-Dollar Grand Prize Drawing.|
|Jun 10 , 1994||Carmen Valdez of Laredo claims the first Instant Million $1,000,000 prize.|
|May 29 , 1994||The Lottery celebrates its second anniversary with the introduction of Instant Million.|
|May 19 , 1994||McAllen schoolteachers Raul Zavaleta and Henry Lozano-the "handshake millionaires"-share a $37.6 million Lotto Texas jackpot.|
|Apr 1 , 1994||Transition of Bingo regulation from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to the Texas Lottery Commission.|
|Mar 26 , 1994||Still two months shy of the second anniversary of its first ticket sale, Texas Lottery sales surpass $4 billion!|
|Mar 16 , 1994||Another record-setting Lotto Texas jackpot of $77.1 million is divided among five winning ticket holders!|
|Feb 24 , 1994||Wanda Wilson of Houston claims a record $41.48 million Lotto Texas jackpot, the single largest Lottery prize won so far.
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. - The Lottery records its first-ever hour with more than $3 million in Lotto Texas sales.
|Feb 17 , 1994||Nora Linares named Executive Director with unanimous vote of the Texas Lottery Commission. Commission Chair Jan Fisher Greaves says, "We are fortunate to have a leader like Nora, who I am sure will work hard to maintain the highest level of integrity for the functions of the Texas Lottery Commission."|
|Feb 1 , 1994||Texas Lottery's historic first game - Lone Star Millions - closes after setting two national sales records, creating 6 instant millionaires, and awarding 479 top scratch-off prizes of $10,000.|
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|Dec 3 , 1993||Comptroller John Sharp and Acting Executive Director Nora Linares sign a transition agreement, transferring the functions of the Lottery from the Comptroller's Office to the Texas Lottery Commission.|
|Nov 9 , 1993||Stanley Dehart of Houston buys a $2 ticket to win $1,000 a week for life!
Governor Richards appoints Texas Lottery Commission members - Jan Fisher Greaves, Chair, Richard Daly and Anthony Sadberry.
|Nov 8 , 1993||Win For Life instant game goes on sale as the Lottery's first $2 ticket. Top prize: $1,000 a week for life.|
|Nov 5 , 1993||Lotto Texas reaches $1 billion in sales, two days before its 1st birthday.|
|Oct 25 , 1993||Pick 3 start-up - $1.2 million in sales on the first day - another record breaker!|
|Oct 23 , 1993||With two weeks left in its first year and cumulative sales totaling $973.6 million, Lotto Texas breaks the all time, first-year sales record for a Lotto game set by Florida in 1989.|
|Sep 9 , 1993||Rebecca Brown of Irving, Texas, is the largest single jackpot winner to date. The amount won: $38.6 million!|
|Sep 1 , 1993||H.B. 1587 takes effect creating the Texas Lottery Commission.|
|Aug 30 , 1993||The Texas Lottery transfers $80.9 million in surplus administrative funds to the state's General Revenue Fund, making a total of $812 million earned in the first 15 months. This is nearly $350 million more than the original estimate of Lottery earnings for the biennium.|
|Jul 7 , 1993||$48.96 million jackpot is split three ways between winners from Corpus Christi, Dallas and Loneoke, Arkansas.|
|May 29 , 1993||"Quick Pick" option for Lotto Texas added on the Texas Lottery's first anniversary.|
|May 25 , 1993||Governor Ann Richards signs H.B. 1587 into law.|
|May 11 , 1993||The 73rd Texas Legislature passes H.B. 1587, creating the Texas Lottery Commission. The Commission is to be composed of three commissioners who serve six-year, staggered terms. Legislation also passes that moves Bingo from the TABC to the new Commission.|
|May 1 , 1993||14 players win a share of the Texas Lottery's largest jackpot so far - $48.6 million.|
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|Dec 22 , 1992||Total Lottery sales exceed $1 billion, less than seven months after start-up.|
|Nov 28 , 1992||Janie Kallus, of Schulenburg, Texas, is the first winner of a Lotto Texas jackpot. The amount won: $21.8 million!|
|Nov 16 , 1992||The first recyclable lottery ticket, Stocking Stuffer, goes on sale.|
|Nov 14 , 1992||The first Lotto Texas drawing is held at 9:59 PM and televised via satellite across Texas.|
|Nov 7 , 1992||Lotto Texas sales begin - eight weeks ahead of schedule!|
|Oct 14 , 1992||Retailer training classes for the on-line games begin across the state.|
|Oct 5 , 1992||The Lottery pays the 100 millionth winning ticket since the start of instant ticket sales.|
|Sep 4 , 1992||In preparation for Lotto Texas, GTECH begins installing on-line terminals in 5,250 retail locations.|
|Jun, Jul, Aug , 1992||For 14 consecutive weeks $1 million Grand Prize Drawings are held around the state.|
|Jun 18 , 1992||Annabel Huerta of Abilene wins $1 million cash in the first Texas Lottery Grand Prize Drawing, held in Dallas at the Plaza of the Americas. Says Annabel: "Now I can make all my family's dreams come true!"|
|Jun 5 , 1992||First week sales of 102.4 million tickets set another world record.|
|May 29 , 1992||The Texas Lottery is launched - 47 days ahead of schedule!
At 6 a.m. at Polk's Feed Store in Oak Hill, Gov. Ann Richards purchases the first Texas Lottery scratch-off ticket. In the next 24 hours, Texans buy 23.2 million more tickets, a world record for first-day sales. The cost of the Lottery's start-up, with interest, is earned back during the first three hours of ticket sales.
|May 28 , 1992||Lottery kickoff parties in 14 Texas cities attended by tens of thousands of people.|
|May 4 - 16 , 1992||Retailer training classes for instant ticket sales attended by more than 40,000 people representing 15,000 licensed locations.|
|Apr 9 , 1992||First shipment of Lone Star Millions, the Lottery's first instant ticket game, arrives at GTECH warehouse in Austin.|
|Mar 24 , 1992||GTECH begins installing GVT validation terminals in 15,000 licensed retail locations.|
|Mar 19 , 1992||Susan Holten of Carrollton, Texas, wins the Texas Lottery Logo Contest. Her design, a ten-gallon hat thrown high in celebration, wins in head to head competition against the ad agency's logo.|
|Mar 7 , 1992||Lottery Operator contract awarded to GTECH of Rhode Island to handle warehousing and distribution of tickets, retailer training and field support, telecommunications, and computer systems.
Contract awarded to GSD&M of Austin, Texas, for advertising services.
|Mar 6 , 1992||Contract awarded to Dittler Brothers of Atlanta, Georgia, for production of instant tickets.|
|Jan 27 , 1992||Retailer application seminars begin in Austin and are held in eight other Texas cities over the next month.|
|Jan 11 , 1992||Proposals for advertising services solicited.|
|Jan 9 , 1992||Lottery Start-Up Citizens Advisory Committee meets for first time to discuss lottery-related issues and make recommendations.|
|Jan 8 , 1992||Lottery sales license application packets begin going out to 65,000 Texas retailers.|
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|Dec 16 , 1991||Proposals for lottery operator and instant ticket manufacturer solicited.|
|Nov 20 , 1991||Nora Linares appointed director of the Texas Lottery.|
|Nov 5 , 1991||Texas voters approve the Lottery by a two-to-one margin.|
|Aug 26 , 1991||House Bill 54, creating a lottery in Texas, is signed by the Governor in a special session of the 72nd Legislature. The Lottery Act requires voter approval before taking effect.|
|Aug 19 , 1991||The Comptroller's Lottery Task Force forms and begins preliminary preparations.|
|Jul 11 , 1991||Legislation is introduced to create a state lottery.|
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