Tribpedia: Lottery Commission

The Texas Lottery Commission is responsible for managing the Texas Lottery and charitable bingo operations statewide.

Legislators passed legislation in 1991 approving the creation of a state lottery. Voters that year overwhelmingly approved a required constitutional amendment allowing the lottery in Texas. Funds from lottery proceeds were initially devoted to the state's general revenue fund.  

Two years after ...

Dawn Nettles, who runs the lottery watchdog website lottoreport.com, stands by a scratch-off display in Mesquite.
Dawn Nettles, who runs the lottery watchdog website lottoreport.com, stands by a scratch-off display in Mesquite.

Lottery Watchdog Says She Will Stay on Guard

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Dawn Nettles' passion for the Texas Lottery started as a report on lottery results and related articles, and over the last 20 years it has evolved into a full-time job. 

 

"Check your ticket" lottery machine in an Austin, TX gas station.
"Check your ticket" lottery machine in an Austin, TX gas station.

We Lose?

Citing performance issues and alleging a conflict of interest, critics blasted Friday's decision by the Texas Lottery Commission to renew a 10-year operations contract worth up to $1 billion with Rhode Island-based GTECH Corporation, the state’s primary lottery vendor since its 1992 inception.

Pay to Win

If you're lucky enough to win the lottery, you can cash in not just some but all of your future payouts for a lump sum. The Texas Supreme Court last week invalidated a state law that prohibited winners from selling their final two payments to finance companies offering cash now, often at a steep price.

This map shows total Texas Lottery sales by county in fiscal year 2009. The map reflects the large population concentrations in and around Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, as well as El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley. (Data courtesy the Austin American-Statesman)
This map shows total Texas Lottery sales by county in fiscal year 2009. The map reflects the large population concentrations in and around Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, as well as El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley. (Data courtesy the Austin American-Statesman)

On the Records: Lottery Maps, Part II

Using data compiled by the Austin American-Statesman, we've produced county-by-county maps visualizing Texas Lottery sales by game type. A higher percentage of lottery revenue in Hill County counties, for example, came from Lotto sales in 2009. Many counties in West Texas, however, appear to prefer instant scratch-off tickets.

Legal Lottery

Can Texas lottery winners sell all of their payments to private finance companies? State attorneys say no. A state appeals court says yes. The Texas Supreme Court will decide.