The Texas Lottery began in 1992. The first drawing was on Nov. 14, 1992, and the first jackpot win occurred two weeks later, Nov. 28. The lottery launched with weekly drawings on Saturdays but added Wednesday drawings in 1993. Over the years, Texas has added several more games, including Texas Two Step in 2001 and All or Nothing in 2012 and also scratch tickets.
Since its inception, the Texas State Lottery has generated more than $31 billion for causes such as Texas veterans' services and education with support Texans throughout the state.
Here’s a breakdown of where the money generated by the Texas Lottery actually goes, according to a report from the TLC:
· 65.1 percent is paid to lottery winners.
· 25.5 percent goes toward Texas education through the Foundation School Fund
· 5.4 percent goes toward compensating retailers.
· 3.7 percent goes to the lottery administration.
· 0.3 percent funds the Veterans Assistance Program and other state programs
Public education is the lotto’s biggest beneficiary outside of lottery winners. Since 1997, the TX Lottery has contributed some $24.4 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. Ticket sales hit a record $8.107 billion this fiscal year. The state of Texas has the nation’s fourth-richest lottery organization in terms of ticket sales and has recently renewed its relationship with International Game Technology (IGT).
Texas Lottery Commission
1801 Congress Avenue, Suite 6.403
Austin, Texas 78701
Mailing Address - General Correspondence
Texas Lottery Commission
P.O. Box 16630
Austin, TX 78761-6630
Here's the process for claiming Texas Lottery prizes.
All Lottery claim centers are open for walk-in claims (no appointment needed).
Prizes over $5 million always require an appointment.
To claim a prize by mail, send the signed winning ticket to:
Texas Lottery Commission
ATTN: Austin Claim Center
P.O. Box 16600
Austin, TX 78761-6600
To claim a prize over $25 by mail, you must also include a completed claim form, your Social Security number, and a copy of your ID.
Keep a copy of all claim documents for your records.
|$599 or less||Option 1 Claim at any local retailer.|
|Option 2 Claim at any Texas Lottery claim center.|
|Option 3 Claim by mail.|
|$600 to $2.5 million||Option 1 Claim at any Texas Lottery claim center.|
|Option 2 Claim by mail.|
|Over $2.5 million and up to $5 million||Option 1 Claim at the Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, or San Antonio claim centers.|
|Option 2 Claim at the Texas Lottery Headquarters.|
|Option 3 Claim by mail.|
|Over $5 million||Claim at the Texas Lottery Headquarters.|
Here are the taxes withheld for lottery winnings claimed by U.S. citizens or residents.
|Over $5,000||State Tax||0%|
If the winner is not a citizen or resident of the U.S., the Texas Lottery withholds a greater amount for taxes.
|$600 or more||State Tax||0%|
Learning how to play the Texas Lottery is simple. You choose a lottery game purchase a ticket and select your numbers. If you buy a scratch-off just scratch the ticket to see if you match any of the winning numbers to see if you have a winning ticket. Many games have between three and six numbers. Your prize depends on how many numbers you match to the next draw. Drawings may happen multiple times a day, every day, or twice a week, depending on the game you play. The less frequent the drawings, the bigger the winnings are for most games.
You must be at least 18 years old to play the lottery in Texas.
You can purchase many types of lottery tickets for $1 or $2. Some lotteries, particularly daily numbers, may allow you to wager different amounts and change your payout. The top prizes for Texas lottery games are as follows:
· Daily 4: $5,000.
· All or Nothing: $250,000.
· Cash Five: $25,000.
Lotto Texas, Texas Two Step,
Powerball, and Mega Millions have jackpot prizes. If multiple players win the
jackpot, the total sum is divided evenly among them. If no winners exist, the
jackpot rolls over to the next drawing. The minimum jackpots are as follows:
· Lotto Texas: $5 million.
· Texas Two Step: $200,000.
· Powerball with optional Powerplay: $20 million.
· Mega Millions with optional Megaplier : $20 million.
· Pick 3 Morning, Daily 4 Morning, and All or Nothing Morning: 10 a.m. daily.
· Pick 3 Day, Daily 4 Day, and All or Nothing Day: 12:27 p.m. daily.
· Pick 3 Evening, Daily 4 Evening, or All or Nothing Evening: 6 p.m. daily.
· Pick 3 Night, Daily 4 Night, or All or Nothing Night: 10:12 p.m. daily.
· Cash Five: 10:12 p.m. daily.
· Lotto Texas: 10:12 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.
· Texas Two Step: 10:12 p.m. Monday and Thursday.
· Powerball: 10:12 p.m. Wednesday
· Mega: 10:12 p.m. Tuesday and Friday.
Lottery sales close shortly before the draw time for each game. Below are the sales closing times for the Texas Lottery:
· Pick 3 Morning, Daily 4 Morning, and All or Nothing Morning: 9:50 a.m. daily.
· Pick 3 Day, Daily 4 Day, and All or Nothing Day: 12:17 p.m. daily.
· Pick 3 Evening, Daily 4 Evening, or All or Nothing Evening: 5:50 p.m. daily.
· Pick 3 Night, Daily 4 Night, or All or Nothing Night: 10:02 p.m. daily.
· Cash Five: 10:02 p.m. daily.
· Lotto Texas: 10:02 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.
· Texas Two Step: 10:02 p.m. Monday and Thursday.
· Powerball: 9 p.m. Wednesday.
· Mega: 9:45 p.m. Tuesday and Friday.
The odds of winning the lottery in Texas generally decline as the prize amounts rise. You have the best odds of winning a jackpot playing Cash Five Texas. The jackpot odds for Texas's big lottery games are as follows:
· Cash Five Texas: 1-324,632.
· Texas Two Step: 1-1,832,600.
· Lotto Texas: 1-25,827,165.
· Powerball: 1-292,201,338.
· Mega Millions: 1-302,575,350.
The odds of winning any lottery prize are much greater. These odds include winning a free ticket as your prize. When you're considering your chances of winning any prize at all, the odds change to the following:
· Cash Five Texas: 1-7.2.
· Texas Two Step: 1-24.
· Lotto Texas: 1-24.9.
· Powerball: 1-32.4.
· Mega Millions: 1-71.1.
If your prize is between $1 and $599, you can claim it immediately at any Texas Lottery retailer as long as the retailer has the funds on hand. If you won between $600 and $2,500,000, you can claim your winnings at any time at a local claim center. If you choose to claim your winnings by mail rather than in person, you should allow four to six weeks for processing.
If you've won more than $2,500,000, you must make an appointment at the Lottery Commission in Austin to arrange for annuities and prizes. You may consider contacting a financial adviser when dealing with lottery winnings of this size.
Yes, lottery winners can remain anonymous in Texas if you have a winning Texas Lottery Ticket. Your personal details will not be made public if you win the Powerball jackpot or Mega or another big Texas lottery prize.
Unfortunately, in the state of Texas, State laws and regulations do not permit the sale of tickets by mail, phone, or Internet. Lotto tickets must be purchased from a licensed retailer by playing quick pick or choosing your own numbers.
The State Lottery Act prohibits purchase of tickets by credit or with Food Stamps. It’s up to the retailers if they want to accept a check for tickets or a debit card for payment.
For Draw Game i.e., Lotto Texas, Mega, Powerball, Cash Five, Pick 3, Daily 4, Texas Two Step and All or Nothing) winning tickets are valid for 180 days from the date of the drawing. Scratch tickets are valid for 180 days from the close date of the game.
There are many claim centers located throughout the state of Texas including San Antonio, Fort Worth, Austin, Dallas to name a few. Here is a list of claim centers.
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