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Texas Lottery Results - TXLottery Frequently Asked Questions
The voters of Texas approved an amendment to the Texas Constitution in November 1991 authorizing lottery sales in Texas.
The Texas Lottery Commission created an unusual contest for the Lottery logo – designs from a contracted ad agency were pitted against designs from the general public. One logo from each source was placed in head to head competition, and the winning logo – a ten-gallon hat thrown high in celebration (still used as the logo today) – was the public design and the winner was Susan Holten from Carrollton.
The Lottery's first game was the scratch-off ticket Lone Star Millions, with the first ticket sold to Governor Ann Richards at Polk's Feed Store in Oak Hill. First-day sales of 23.2 million tickets set a then-world record for first-day lottery sales, with first-week sales (ending June 5) also setting a world record.
Lotto Texas, the state-specific lottery drawing, began sales on November 7, with the first drawing on November 14 and the first jackpot winner (from Schulenburg) announced on November 28. By November 1993 Lotto Texas sales would exceed $1 billion, breaking the Florida Lottery's record set in 1989.
The Texas Lottery Commission was formed via legislation in 1993 to take over management of the Lottery from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; the legislation also gives the Commission oversight of charitable bingo games (moving that duty from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
The Texas Lottery joined the Mega Millions consortium in 2003, with sales beginning December 3 and the first lottery drawing to include Texas sales took place on December 5. Though no Texas ticket won the jackpot, one ticket matched five numbers for $175,000. The first Texas winner of Mega Millions would not take place until October 4, 2004, when a Carrollton winner took home the $101 million jackpot.
As part of the cross-selling arrangement between the operators of Mega Millions and Powerball, the Texas Lottery Commission agreed to begin selling Powerball tickets in Texas. Sales began on January 31, 2010, with the first drawing to include Texas sales to take place on February 3.