Texas Lottery Commission
The Texas House cast a shocking vote on Tuesday to dismantle the state lottery — only to reverse itself after a few frantic hours.
The record Powerball jackpot keeps rising. It now stands at $550 million after officials say brisk sales keep driving up the payout amount. In Texas alone early $7 million worth of Powerball tickets were sold before 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
Someone in North Texas is believed to be holding a lottery ticket worth $28 million. Saturday’s Lotto Texas winning ticket was sold at a Shell gas station in north Fort Worth.
While lottery sales and prize payouts have increased since 1998, money from the Texas Lottery given to public schools decreased from about $1.2 billion to the $1 billion they received last year.