The House Bill 54 for the establishment of the Texas State Lottery was introduced on July 11, 1991. The amendment to the Texas constitution was approved by the voters of Texas on November 5, 1991, authorizing lottery sales in Texas. The first game introduced by the lottery was a scratch-off game called Lone Star Millions, and its first ticket was sold to then-Governor Ann Richards on May 29, 1992. It was on April 23, 2013, the House voted not to recommission the Lottery Texas Commission, which would probably end the lottery in Texas. Later that day, the House reversed the course with a new vote on the bill.
Lotto Texas is the first in-house drawing game offered by the Texas Lottery with sales beginning on November 7, 1992. The first drawing for the game was held on November 14, 1992, with the first jackpot won on November 28, 1992. Since the game’s inception, it has been producing innumerable lottery winners!
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The Texas Lottery Commission administers the revenue generated and providing authorized organizations the opportunity to raise funds for their charitable purposes by conducting bingo in the State of Texas. The commission consists of three members which are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the senate for overlapping six-year terms. One of the members must have experience in the bingo industry. The governor appoints the Chair. The laws governing lottery and bingo activities contain extensive conflict-of-interest provisions that are applied to commission members, staff members as well as to game operators and sales agents.
Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales and unclaimed prizes go back to the community for -Education, Veterans, and some "Other State Programs"
Texas Lottery Commission
P.O. Box 16630
Austin, TX 78761-6630
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