The Texas Lottery is made up of a selection of games that include Lotto Texas, Texas Two Step, Pick 3, Daily 4, Cash Five and a selection of Scratch Off games. Prior to 1997 all Texas Lottery procees were allocated to the General Revenue fund but this changed in 1997 so that any revenue generated by the games offered by the Texas Lottery were allocated to the Foundation School Fund. Of all the revenue generated by ticket sales for the Texas Lottery 62% is paid to prize winners, 27% to the Foundation School Fund, 2% to other state programs (this includes unclaimed prizes), 5% is attributed to Lottery Administration with the remainder paid to Lottery Retailers as Commission.
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The most popular Texas Lottery game is Lotto Texas which first went on sale in November 2009. This game has a 6/54 matrix which means players have to choose six numbers between 1 and 54. In order to win the jackpot all six main numbers must be matched but there are three other prize tiers in this Texas Lottery game. Players can also win prizes for matching 5, 4 and 3 numbers with only the last prize tier offering a guaranteed pay out of $3. The minimum jackpot amount for the Lotto Texas game is $4 million.
The Lotto Texas game boasts four prize levels as shown beloe with odds of winning andestimated jackpot amounts:
|Match 6||Jackpot||1 : 25,827,165|
|Match 5||Estimated $2,000||1 : 89,678|
|Match 4||Estimated $50||1 : 1,526|
|Match 3||Guaranteed $3||1 : 75|
|Any Prize||Overall Odds||1 : 71|
The first ever winner on the Texas Lottery Lotto Texas game was Janie Kallus of Schulenberg, Texas who scooped an impressive jackpot of $21.8 million!
Other Texas Lottery Games
The Texas Lottery joined other states for Powerball in January 2010 after it was agreed that state lotteries could sell both Mega Millions and Powerball tickets. The draws for Powerball take place every Wednesday and Friday with players having to choose five main numbers from the range 1 to 59 and a Powerball from the numbers 1 to 39. There is also an option to participate in an additional multiplier game, Power Play.
The Texas Lottery has produced a number of MegaMillions winners since it started selling tickets for the game in 2003. Players are required to pick five main numbers between 1 and 56 and a Mega Ball number between 1 and 46. There is an option to multiple lower prize tier winnings by pariticpating in the Megaplier that works in a similar way to the Powerballs' Power Play option. Draws take place every Tuesday and Friday.
Texas Two Step
Texas Two Step was introduced by the Texas Lottery in May 2011 and boasts a minimum jackpot amount of $200,000. Players are required to choose four main numbers from 1 to 35 and a bonus ball from 1 to 35. There are seven different prize tiers for the Texas Two Step and draws take place on Mondays and Thursdays.
Pick 3 was introduced by the Texas Lottery in October 1993 and there are twice daily draws for this game. To participate players have to choose three digits from 0-9 and then have numerous options of play available. Prizes for Pick 3 vary depending on the options chosen for play.
The Daily 4 game from the Texas Lottery is played twice a day from Monday to Saturday with players required to pick four single digit numbers from 0 to 9. Like Pick 3 there are a number of option to play with prizes varying dependent on the combination used for play.
Cash 5 plays every day from Monday through until Saturday with players required to choose 5 numbers from a field of 37. There are 5 prize tier levels in this game from the Texas Lottery.
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Texas Lottery winner retires on the spot
A lottery player who managed to win $4million in last Saturday’s Lotto Texas draw, wasted no time in waving goodbye to the 9 to 5 lifestyle. One of the first things Michael Thacker did before going to collect his winnings, was call up his employer. And after informing him of the good news, he retired on the spot.
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11th December 2010
Big jackpots for Texas Lottery
With so many lottery games available to play around the world today, we often forget just how some of the smaller state lottery jackpots can climb. There are some big jackpots for Texas Lottery players to play for in the coming week and their main lottery game, Lotto Texas is offering a massive $8 million after no players managed to match the winning numbers from the last draw which took place on 11th September. This mean that the cash value of this Texas Lottery jackpot is around $5.5 million after taxes.
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13th September 2010
Texas Lottery waits for winner
A winning lottery ticket worth more than $4.1 that was purchased this week has not yet been claimed. The Texas Lottery waits for the winner to come forward but fear that it may be a visitor to the state as the winning ticket was purchased at La Tienita, a retail outlet at a bus terminal. Although the bus terminal sees six local routes begin and end there the Texas Lottery now fear that the ticket may belong to a visitor due to the fact that other routes include North Mexico and central Texas.
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14th August 2010
High interest in Texas Lottery contract
When any lottery contract is up for grabs a huge amount of interest is always generated and the high interest in the Texas Lottery contract is not at all surprising. This contract is currently held by GTech Corp and the fact that is rarely up for bid will mean that the competition to win this elusive contract is likely to see the interest parties in a huge bidding war. The Texas Lottery contract is expected to net the winning bidder $100 million per year, so it is not difficult to see why interest will be so big.
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28th June 2010
Huge Texas Lottery jackpot
When you have the big multi state lottery games such as MegaMillions and PowerBall it can sometimes mean that individual state games are somewhat forgotten This is a shame as some of them are of course much easier to win and do often have attractive jackpots which are sometimes higher than the bigger lottery games. The huge Texas Lottery jackpot that is up for grabs this weekend is much higher than the MegaMillions this week and just typical of how these smaller games can climb, but sadly can go unnoticed.
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28th May 2010