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Most forms of gambling in Texas are still prohibited under state law, but one of the few legal types is the state lottery. Texas lottery players are permitted to choose from a variety of lottery contests approved by the Texas Lottery Commission (including interstate draws).

In this piece, we’ll take a look at how the Texas Lottery works, what games are available, and how you can claim your winnings. We’ll also highlight some of the key moments in the history of the lottery.

The Texas Lottery explained

The Texas Lottery is a government-run organization that facilitates lottery operations in the state. Players can choose from a wide range of lottery games, including scratch games, in-house drawings, and multi-state lottery draws.

Lottery games are used to cover a range of programs across Texas: 65% of lottery revenues are distributed as prizes, 25 percent goes to the Foundation School Fund to support education initiatives across the state, and 2% is sent to the state legislature. One larger group that benefits from legislature allocation is the Texas Fund for Veterans Assistance; one of Texas’ scratch ticket games, Veterans Cash, directly contributes to these funds.

You must be at least 18 years of age to play Texas Lottery games. Winning tickets that go unclaimed for 180 days are forfeited with the prizes instead sent to the state legislature.

Can you play the Texas Lottery online?

Yes, you can play the Texas Lottery online. In 2019, the state legislature approved a bill allowing for lottery tickets to be sold online.

Several websites now sell Texas lottery tickets, and all of them were required to obtain a license from the Texas Lottery Commission to do so. If you do not see the Texas Lottery Commission mentioned by name anywhere on the page, that’s a good indicator you may be dealing with an illegitimate operator and should stay away.

History of the Texas Lottery

In November 1991, Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment to allow lottery ticket sales in the state, passing by a nearly 2:1 ratio. This also led to the creation of the Texas Lottery Commission in 1993 to oversee lottery operations and ensure games were conducted in a legitimate manner (a task that was previously carried out by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts).

It didn’t take long for things to get up and running; on May 29, 1992, Texas Gov. Ann Richards purchased the state’s first lottery ticket for the Lone Star Millions scratch game. Texans set a then-world record with 23.2 million tickets sold on the first day and 102 million tickets over the first week.

Two years after voting to approve a state lottery, Texas surpassed $1 billion in lottery ticket sales. This number has skyrocketed annually, with the state seeing $8.297 billion in ticket sales in FY2022.

Claiming Texas Lottery winnings

Claiming your Texas Lottery winnings is usually rather straightforward, though the process varies depending on the amount of money you won.

For prizes of $599 or less, take your winning ticket to:

  • A Texas Lottery retailer
  • A local claim center
  • The Texas Lottery Commission Headquarters in Austin
  • Or, complete a claim form and submit via postal mail

For prizes ranging from $600 to $2.5 million that aren’t paid in annuities:

  • Tickets can be claimed at any Texas Lottery claim center

For prizes ranging from $2.5 million to $5 million that aren’t paid in annuities:

  • Tickets can be claimed at the claim centers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio

For prizes greater than $5 million, or Mega Millions, Powerball, or Texas Lotto jackpots:

  • Tickets must be claimed at the Texas Lottery headquarters in Austin
  • The Texas Lottery recommends calling ahead of time to complete an initial inquiry into whether your ticket is a genuine winner and to schedule an appointment to complete the claim process

Can I claim TX Lottery winnings online?

No, you cannot claim TX Lottery winnings online. However, you are able to download a claim form on the Texas Lottery website to complete before submitting it via U.S. mail or taking it to a claim center.

Cross-state lottery draw games you can play in Texas

Many of the cross-state lottery draw games you can play in Texas carry larger prizes, though this also carries a decreased chance of winning. The two available in Texas are Powerball and Mega Millions.

Texas first allowed lottery players to try their luck at Mega Millions in 2003. In addition to the usual six-number draws, Texans are eligible for the Megaplier, which multiples non-jackpot winnings by a factor of 2, 3, 4, or 5.

The Powerball joined the list of Texas lottery games in 2010 following a unanimous 3-0 vote from the Texas Lottery Commission. Each game costs $2 to play, and the minimum jackpot is $40 million.

Texas-specific draw games you can play

While the cross-states draws can be entertaining, the Texas-specific draw games you can play are certainly enjoyable as well. Here is a list of the lottery draw games in Texas.

  • Lotto Texas
  • Texas Two-Step
  • All or Nothing
  • Cash Five
  • Pick 3
  • Pick 3 Fireball
  • Daily 4
  • Daily 4 Fireball

Instant win lottery games in TX

Sometimes called “scratch-offs,” some instant win lottery games in TX may not actually require you to scratch a ticket at all. Here is a full list of active titles.

  • Lady Luck 777
  • Lucky 7s
  • 30X Power Word Blitz
  • 20X Power Blitz
  • 50X Power Blitz
  • 100X Power Blitz
  • 200X Power Blitz
  • $1,000,000 Cash Blast
  • $5,000 Winnings
  • $200,000 Winnings
  • $500,000 Winnings
  • $1,000,000 Winnings
  • Armadillo Dollar$
  • Maximum Millions
  • 7-11-21
  • Just 1 Buck
  • Lucky Dog Cool Cat
  • Match 3 Tripler
  • Bonus 7
  • 10X The Cash
  • Break the Bank
  • Veterans Cash
  • 20X
  • Classic Bingo
  • Crossword
  • Texas Loteria
  • Special Edition Loteria
  • $50,000 Bonus Cashword
  • 50X The Win
  • Winning 7s
  • Show Me 100X
  • Year of the Dragon
  • $20,000,000 Cash Spectacular
  • Super Loteria
  • Lucky X10
  • Wild 7
  • Bingo Times 20
  • Super Cashword!
  • Money Money Money
  • Mega Loteria
  • $50, $100, or $500
  • Break the Bank Super Ticket
  • The Perfect Gift
  • Pink Diamonds
  • $250,000 50X Cashword
  • Ca$h Blowout
  • 100X Cash Blitz
  • Platinum Millions
  • $85,000,000 Explosion
  • $1,000,000 Crossword
  • $1,000,000 Gold Rush
  • 200X The Cash
  • Million Dollar Loteria
  • Millionaire Market
  • VIP Club
  • Premier Cash
  • $750 Million Winners Circle
  • Luxe $$$
  • Millions Club
  • Cash Royale
  • 500X Loteria Spectacular
  • $5,000,000 Ultimate
  • $1,000,000 Diamond Riches
  • $400 Million Mega Bucks
  • Loteria Supreme
  • $20 Million Supreme

Where do I purchase lottery tickets in TX?

Whether you want to purchase lottery tickets in TX online or in person, we’ve got you covered with a list of places where you can do so. For a more detailed list based on your location, check the Texas Lottery website.

  • Grocery Stores
  • Gas Stations
  • Convenience Stores
  • Adult Beverage Stores
  • Smoke Shops
  • Drugstores/Pharmacies
  • Newsstands
  • Check Cashing Shops
  • Racetracks
  • TheLotter.com
  • Jackpot.com
  • Texas Lottery App

Famous TX Jackpot winners

Texas allows lottery winners who win more than $1 million to remain anonymous, so there aren’t a ton of details available for many of the winners. However, there are still a few who are certainly worth mentioning.

  • Joan R. Ginther: Between 1993 and 2010, Joan R. Ginther won $1 million on four separate occasions. The first win came while playing Lotto Texas while the other three came while playing scratch games.
  • Alfredo Ornelas Barragan: In June, 2004, Alfredo Ornelas Barragan of El Paso won the $149 million jackpot while playing Lotto Texas. Described as “publicity-shy,” Ornelas Brragan said of his massive win, "We are very happy and thankful for this gift that God has given us. We are very nervous, but with God's help we will be able to make good use of this prize."
  • Anonymous Powerball Winner: A Texan who landed a share of the Powerball jackpot (there were two other winners, so the pot was split three ways) claimed $127 million as part of the $564.1 million jackpot.
  • Anonymous Quick Pick Winner: The largest single-winner Jackpot in Texas history won an impressive $227 million while playing Quick Pick. The ticket was sold in Cedar Park, and after taxes, the winner still received $157.1 million.

Is there a Texas Lottery mobile app?

Yes, there is a Texas Lottery mobile app. The app is available for free in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for iPhone and Android users, respectively.

Players can use the app to purchase tickets (which are uploaded digitally), check ticket status, view winning jackpot amounts, enter second-chance promotional contests, and find lottery retailers in your area.


How many people play the lottery in Texas?

According to a demographic survey from the Texas Lottery Commission and the University of Houston, in 2022, 61.6% of survey respondents said they had played any Texas lottery game within the past year. This was an increase from 45.2% or respondents in 2020 and 42.0% in 2018.

Do I pay taxes when I win the TX lottery?

Yes, you must pay taxes when you win the TX lottery. Like casino winnings, gambling winnings are a form of income and are thus subject to taxation. Tax rates will vary depending on the amount won.

Can I play the Texas Lottery if I’m 18?

Yes, you can play the Texas Lottery if you are 18. This is the minimum age requirement defined by state law and is consistent with most U.S. states that hold lottery games.

What is the annual revenue from the Texas Lottery?

The Texas Lottery reported $8.297 billion in lottery game sales in FY2022. This was an increase of $189.7 million (2.3%) over FY2021.

How often can you play the lottery?

You can play the lottery as many times as you’d like, provided your budgets allow you to do so. Playing the lottery is a form of gambling, and frequent purchases can lead to the development of a gambling addiction. Never spend more on lottery games than you can afford to lose!