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WHAT IS LOTTO TEXAS?
Lotto Texas is a government-operated lottery that is available throughout Texas in the United States. It was established in 1992 and offers a range of drawing games and scratch-off games. Players also have access to US Powerball and US Mega Millions through the Texas lottery organisation.
Lotto Texas is operated by the Texas Lottery Commission that has its headquarters in Austin, Texas. It was the first drawing game offered by the lottery organisation in Texas and the first tickets were sold on 7 November 1992. The first Lotto Texas jackpot was won on 28 November 1992 and by the first anniversary of the launch of Lotto Texas, over US$ 1 billion tickets has been sold.
The Texas lottery is drawn twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday at 22h12 Central time.
Lotto Texas is a 6/54 number game and each line costs US 1. The starting (minimum advertised) jackpot is US$ 5 million and lucky winners have the choice of an annuity payout of 30 annual payments or a lump sum lottery payout.
The Extra! Option was added in 2013 and offers players the opportunity to earn extra prize money. Standard features include the Quick Pick option which generates 6 random numbers for a player and saves them the hassle of manually picking his or her own numbers.
The overall odds of winning the Lotto Texas jackpot is 1 in 25 827 165. The odds of winning any cash prize where a player matches 3 out of 6 drawn numbers is 1 in 75.
The Texas lottery has supported public education in the state since 1997 and to date has contributed in excess of US$ 24.7 billion to the Foundation School Fund. In 2019 alone, the Texas lottery transferred US$1.617 billion to the fund.
The Foundation School Fund is used to build new schools, upgrade and refurbish schools, training and upskilling of education practitioners and supporting students through scholarship programmes
Texas Veterans Commission
Legislation was passed in 2009 that directed the Texas Lottery Commission to offer scratch-off ticket games that benefit the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA).
To date, the Texas Lottery Commission has contributed more than US$ 130 million for veterans’ programmes. The FVA supports eligible charitable organisations, local government agencies and Veterans Service Organisations through grants that provide services to veterans and their families in Texas.
The Texas Veterans Commission is reliant on the Texas scratch-off games for more than 90 percent of its revenue. In 2019, the commission transferred US$ 19.4 million to the Texas veterans fund.
It is possible to bet on Lotto Texas in South Africa. Register and open an account with a reputable online betting service such as Betway. This means you can buy tickets online for Lotto Texas in South Africa from the comfort of your own home or office, even if you are not a citizen of the United States and living in Texas.
Lotto Texas is a twice-weekly fixed-odds betting game that is hugely popular in the state of Texas and it can now be played in South Africa through a licensed online betting service such as Betway. You cannot buy a ticket for Lotto Texas from a South African lottery retail outlet. You can only bet on the lottery game online.
The easiest way to access Lotto Texas in South Africa is downloading a betting app such as the Betway Mobile App. It’s user-friendly, easy to access and developed specifically for Smartphones. The betting mobile app gives you up-to-date notifications about draws and the latest gaming promotions.
Terms and conditions apply to betting on Lotto Texas online and standard lottery rules and regulations apply to players and lottery payouts.
Step-by-step guide to betting on Florida Lotto in South Africa
Players must be 18 years and older to play Lotto Texas in the United States. In South Africa, players must be 18 years and older to bet on any lottery and claim cash prizes.
Lotto Texas is a 6/54 drawn game. You can pick up a Lotto Texas betslip from your local lottery retail outlet or buy a ticket online.
Select 6 numbers from a pool from 1 to 54. You can do this manually and pick your own numbers or mark the QP (Quick Pick) box and the lottery terminal will generate 6 random numbers for you. The Quick Pick option saves you the hassle of coming up with your own numbers for each Lotto Ticket draw.
Add the Extra! feature for an additional US$ 1 per line to stand the chance of increasing a non-jackpot prizes by up to US$ 10 000.
How to buy a Lotto Texas ticket
What is Quick Pick?
When you mark the Quick Pick box on your betslip (or tell the cashier to select it), the lottery terminal automatically generates 6 random numbers for you for the draw.
The Quick Pick random number generator for a lottery draw game has no built-in memory. Once a set of numbers is picked for one play, the terminal resets itself to generate a fresh batch of completely random number for the next play.
Players generally opt to use Quick Pick because it saves them the bother of coming up with their own set of unique numbers.
The draws for Lotto Texas take place every Wednesday and Saturday evening at 22h12 Central time (Texas time). Tickets cannot be bought during the draw break between 22h02 and 22h15 Central time.
Bear in mind, the United States has 9 different time zones and the country observes Daylight Saving Time (DST). South Africa doesn’t observe DST. The time of the next draw will be advertised on the website of any licensed betting service you use to purchase Lotto Texas tickets.
To win the Lotto Texas jackpot, your 6 numbers must match the 6 drawn numbers.
There are a number of chances to earn any cash prize with Lotto Texas. Like any major lottery, the more numbers you match with the drawn numbers, the more money you will win.
Four ways to win a Lotto Texas cash prize:
Win extra with Extra!
What is the minimum guaranteed jackpot for Lotto Texas?
What is Lotto Texas with Extra!?
Choose how you want to be paid if you win the Lotto Texas jackpot
A strict rule of Lotto Texas is you must select how you want to be paid if you are a lucky jackpot winner before the draw. If you don’t mark the Jackpot Prize section before paying and submitting your betslip, your lottery ticket will be rejected.
To receive your jackpot payout in yearly instalments, mark ’30 ANNUAL PAYMENTS’.
To receive your jackpot payout in a lump sum, mark ‘CASH VALUE OPTION’. You will receive a single payment of the present cash value of the jackpot prize which is always less than the total annuity payout.
Once you have submitted your ticket bet, you cannot change the payment option at a later date.
Lucky Lotto Texas jackpot winners have the choice of receiving 30 annual payments or taking a lump sum immediately based on a pre-determined cash value. Players must choose the annual payment or cash value option when they buy a ticket for Lotto Texas, US Powerball and US Mega Millions.
Lotto Texas is different to other well-known draw games where players can choose the annuity option or lump sum option after the draw. To begin with, players in Texas only had the annual payment option for Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto Texas if the ticket was bought in the state. Today, they have they option of both (30 annual payments or lump sum) but if your choice is not indicated on the betslip before the draw, the betslip is rejected.
Winning Lotto Texas tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the lottery draw or the prize will be forfeited. The time limit for claiming a cash prize begins on the date of the drawing. For scratch tickets, the time limit begins the moment the scratch-off game is closed by the Texas Lottery Commission.
Scratch-off games offered by the Texas Lottery Commission do not allow lucky winners to choose a lump sum in lieu of the annuity option. Players who win big cash prizes on the scratch-off games in Texas are paid out in 30 annual instalments.
There are a number of ways you can check to find out if you have won the Lotto Texas jackpot or any money in the prize divisions.
Watch the drawings broadcast every Wednesday and Saturday at 22h12 Central time on the official Drawings Webcast.
You can also check the Lotto Texas winning numbers and jackpot winners using the Texas Lottery App.
Visit the lottery retail store that you bought your ticket from to find out if you are a jackpot or cash prize winner. You can also find winning numbers on all Texas lottery self-service terminals under GAME INFO.
If you cannot access the winning numbers advertised on the official Lotto Texas website, you can call the toll-free number and listen to the results. In the United States, the number is 800-375-6886.
Consult the official website for Lotto Texas for more information and latest Lotto Texas results.
Remember to sign your ticket before claiming your prize money. You cannot claim a prize with an unsigned lottery ticket.
Prize winnings up to and including US$ 599 may be claimed at any licensed Texas lottery retailer for validation and payment.
Prizes less than or equal to US$ 2 500 000 that will not be paid by annuities (30 annual payments) may be claimed through any Texas Lottery Claim Centre.
Download the online Texas Lottery Winner Claim form. You can find it on the official website for Lotto Texas.
Lottery prize winnings are not taxed in South Africa. Any money you win by betting on a lottery is considered capital in nature and is exempt from Income Tax. In addition, lottery prizes benefit from a special exemption from Capital Gains Tax which means no tax is payable on lottery winnings of any size.
In the United States, large lottery cash prizes are subject to federal tax as well as state taxes where applicable. Players are taxed according to the rules of the state where they bought their ticket.
Lottery tax laws for United States citizens/residents
The first state lottery in Texas was introduced in July 1991 through the House Bill 54. The first scratch-off game was Lone Star Millions and tickets sold on the first day generated US$ 23.2 million in revenue for the Texas Lottery Commission. At the time, this set a world record for highest tickets sales ever sold on one day worldwide.
To celebrate the pending launch of the state’s own lottery, the general public was invited to submit logo designs that were pitted against those submitted by advertising agencies. The winning design for the Texas lottery logo is a cowboy hat thrown high in celebration. Susan Holten’s winning logo design is still in use today.
In 1993, the Texas Lottery Commission was formed via legislation to take over the operations and management of the lottery. It was previously managed by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
New legislation also gave the Texas Lottery Commission control over bingo games that are run for charitable causes. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission controlled legal bingo games before that.
Lottery sales in Texas exceeded US$ 1 billion by November 1993. This broke the record set by the Florida Lottery that started in 1989.
In 2003, Texas joined the consortium that operates US Mega Millions across the United Sales and the first tickets were sold in December 2003. In October 2004, the first Texan to win the US Mega Millions banked a whopping US$ 101 millions in an annuity prize.
The Texas Lottery Commission authorised the sale of US Powerball tickets in January 2010.
The luckiest Texan in the state is Joan Ginther. She has been a lucky winner four times: firstly winning over US$1 million on Lotto Texas and then three subsequent wins from scratch tickets. All her winning tickets were bought from the same convenience store in Bishop, Texas.
Texas Lottery Commission offers many different draw games and scratch-off games and multiple ways to win big cash prizes.
Let’s look at the popular draw games and what odds they offer players.
|Game||Odds of winning||Prize winning estimate
|Lotto Texas||1 in 25.8 million|
Match 6 numbers
|Jackpot (starts at US$ 5 million)
|US Powerball||1 in 292 million|
Match 6 numbers
|Jackpot (starts at US$ 40 million)
|Mega Millions||1 in 302.5 million|
Match 6 numbers
|Jackpot (starts at US$ 40 million)
Lotto Texas is a popular draw game that operates in the state of Texas in the United States. It’s a twice-weekly draw and offers players 4 chances to win cash prizes in the base game and 6 chances with Extra! feature.
The add-on Extra! feature offers players a chance to earn additional cash on prize winnings. This is anything from US$ 10 for 3-of-6 prize to US$ 10 000 for 5-of-6 prize.
Apart from being fun to play, Lotto Texas plays an important role in the state of Texas. It is one of 9 draw games that generate much-needed revenue that helps fund the public education sector as well as provides funding for the commission that supports Texas veterans.
In 2019, the Texas Lottery Commission transferred US$ 1.6 billion to the Foundation School Fund. The education fund is used to build new schools and upgrade and refurbish schools as well as for training and upskilling of education practitioners and supporting students through scholarship programmes.
To date, the Texas Lottery Commission has contributed more than US$ 130 million to the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The funding supports eligible charitable organisations and veteran organisations that provide services to veterans and their families who live in Texas.
|Number matches||Prize payout||Odds of winning
|6 out of 6 numbers matched||Jackpot (starting at US$ 5 million)||1 in 25 827 165
|5 out of 6 numbers matched||US$ 2 000 guaranteed||1 in 89 678
|4 out of 6 numbers matched||US$ 50 guaranteed||1 in 1 526
|3 out of 6 numbers matched||US$ 3 guaranteed||1 in 75
Lotto Texas is not a scam and is a legal lottery offered by the Texas Lottery Commission that operates in the United States. The organisation is regulated by the federal state and you can play Lotto Texas with the confidence that the big jackpot payout and cash winnings from the prize tiers are guaranteed.
On a general note, don’t be taken by any of lottery scam that promises you unexpected prize money for a competition or lottery that you have never entered.
Operators of state lotteries such as Lotto Texas will never contact you directly to notify you of a prize you have won. If you receive a message or phone call telling you that you’ve won a prize, it is a scam. Never give out your personal and identity details if requested and never pay a fee to receive a so-called cash prize.
How lottery scams work
Someone contacts you either by email, text message or phone to say you have won a lot of money on a competition using your name and details from something like a promotion or research survey. You are requested to pay a fee to claim your prize which is to cover the cost of transferring the money to your account.
You’re also asked to provide your banking details where the money should be paid out. The email or text is always ‘urgent’ and you’re told to respond quickly or risk losing out on the prize money.
The scammers make money from the ‘fee’ you pay them or they use your banking details to take wipe out your bank account.
People do fall for these lottery scams because the scammers are masters at what they do. They usually have obtained your personal information which makes it sound like a legitimate deal. Sometimes, the scammers even send you money as ‘part of your winnings’. This cheque will bounce but often only after you have given them more information and money they ask for.
Warning signs of a lottery scam
You receive correspondence via email, text or phone to say you’ve won a guaranteed prize in a lottery or competition but you never bought a ticket or entered the competition.
The scammer claims you are a winner using personal email and social media information that makes it look genuine.
To claim your prize, the scammers ask you to buy pay a fee or tax on the prize money.
You’re asked to provide personal details such as your ID and contact details such as a postal address as well as banking details for the electronic transfer.
What to do if you are approached by a lottery scammer
Ignore anything that is suspicious. Do not even reply to a message saying you’ve won a large cash prize or even something like a fancy holiday, electronic goods or gifts.
Never pay a fee to win a prize. Ithuba National Lottery does not charge a fee for any prize-winning transaction and the only way they can access your banking details is from the authorised Prize Claim Form that you are required to complete.
Don’t trust anyone who asks you to send them money or give your credit card, banking details or copies of personal information in exchange for prize money.
Lotto Texas is one of 9 draw games offered by the Texas Lottery Commission. It offers players 4 ways to win cash prizes on the base game and 6 ways to win if they play Lotto Texas with Extra!
The Texas Lottery Commission has made many players multi-million dollar winners since it was launched in 1992 but more importantly, it has played a significant role in supporting public education in Texas and veterans. Schools and scholars have been supported by funds donated to the Foundation School Fund and veterans and their families are assisted by donations made to the Texas Veterans Commission Fund.
The draw game is easy to play and odds of winning are better than the multi-state games such as US Powerball and US Mega Millions. Each line you pay for not only puts you in the game to win a big cash prize, a portion of the cost of your ticket goes towards schools, scholars and veterans who benefit greatly from money raised through the Texas lotteries.