Texas Lottery General Information
The Texas Lottery plays five state drawn game - Pick 3 (with midday and evening draws), Daily 4
(with midday and evening draws), Cash Five, Texas Two Step, and Lotto Texas.
Plus, two multiple-state games - Powerball and Mega Millions. Compared to other states,
Texas offers fairlly high variety of lottery games.
Drawings for Texas lotteries are performed using a set of mechanical ball machines with a state-of-the-art facility and security.
Every drawing is broadcast in both English and Spanish and is open to the public. Drawings are held from the Texas Lottery
Commission Drawings Studio at 601 E. Sixth St., in the historic downtown area of Austin. You can also watch
Web Cast of live or past drawings of Texas lottery.
Moreover, you might also be interested in Drawing Procedures of the Texas Lottery.
This page is a quick reference, or a summary of the most relevant information contained in the Texas Lottery
web site. Links to details are provided for more pertinent information.
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Texas Lotteries Drawing Days and Times
The following table lists the drawing schedule of all Texas lottery games. Drawing times are local and approximate.
|Game||Draw Days||Draw Time|
|Pick 3 Day||Everyday except Sunday||12:27 p.m|
|Pick 3 Evening||Everyday except Sunday||10:12 p.m|
|Daily 4 Day||Everyday except Sunday||12:27 p.m|
|Daily 4 Evening||Everyday except Sunday||10:12 p.m|
|Cash Five||Everyday except Sunday||10:12 p.m|
|Texas Two Step||Tuesday and Friday||10:12 p.m|
|Lotto Texas||Wednesday and Saturday||10:12 p.m.|
|Powerball||Wednesday and Saturday||10 p.m.|
|Mega Millions||Tuesday and Friday||10 p.m|
Want to watch draws? Texas Lottery draw web cast.
Texas Lottery Games - Types, Top Prizes, Odds
The following is a compact summary of each Texas lottery game. It includes a brief description of how to play a game, the top
prizes/jackpots, and the odds of winning the top prize. You can click on a game name for detailed information.
|Game||Game Type||Top Pize||Top Pize Odds|
|Pick 3||Select 3-digits 000 to 999||$500||1 in 1,000|
|Daily 4||Select 4-digits 0000 to 9999||$5,000||1 in 10,000|
|Cash Five||Select 5 numbers, 1 through 37||$20,000+|
|1 in 435,897|
|Texas Two Step||Select 4 numbers, 1 through 35 |
+ 1 Bonus number, 1 through 35
|1 in 1,832,600|
|Lotto Texas||Select 6 numbers, 1 through 54||$4,000,000 +|
|1 in 25,827,165|
|Powerball||Select 5 numbers, 1 through 59 |
+ 1 Powerball number, 1 through 35
|1 in 175,223,510|
|Mega Millions||Select 5 numbers, 1 through 56 |
+ 1 Megaball number, 1 through 46
|1 in 175,711,536|
Top prizes listed with "rollover" are the starting amount. The Jackpot prizes will grow after every draw until someone wins.
Pari-mutuel prize structure means players' winnings are determined by dividing the prize pool allocated for that winning category by the
number of winners.
Texas Lottery General Rules and Regulations
The following are the most prominent rules and regulations that the player should be aware of before playing the Texas lottery games.
- Texas Lottery players must be 18 years of age or older. Such a person may purchase a ticket to give as a gift to
another person, including a minor.
- State laws and regulations do not permit the sale of tickets by mail, phone, or Internet. You must buy your tickets from a
licensed retailer here in Texas.
- You cannot purchase of lottery tickets by credit or with Food Stamps. Retailers, at their own discretion, may accept a check
or a debit card.
- Lottery tickets are bearer instruments, just like cash. If you lose your ticket, anyone can claim it. It is always wise to
sign your ticket immediately after purchase to identify it as yours and to help prevent someone else from cashing it, in the
event that it is lost or stolen. The Texas Lottery is not liable for lost, stolen or damaged tickets.
- Currently, choice of Cash Value Option or Annual Payments of big prizes must be made at the time the ticket is purchased, and
cannot be changed.
- Please see also
Texas Lottery FAQ page
Texas Lottery Game Rules
Texas Lottery General On-Line Game Rules
Claiming Prizes of the Texas Lottery
Here are the steps you have to follow if you are a lucky winner of any Texas lottery,
- All Texas Lottery On-line games (Pick 3, Pick 4, Cash Five, Texas Two Step, Lotto Texas, Powerball and Mega Millions) prizes
must be claimed within 180 days of the applicable draw date.
- All retailers are authorized, but not required, to pay prizes of $599 or less. Retailers are not required to keep cash on hand
to pay all tickets. They have the option of paying by check or money order. If they choose to pay by money order, they may not
charge the player any fee for the money order.
- Prizes up to and including $1,000,000 may be claimed at any Lottery Claim Center with a Texas Lottery claim form. Prizes up
to and including $1,000,000 may also be claimed by mail by sending the signed ticket and completed Texas Lottery claim form (for
prizes of $25 or more) to: Texas Lottery Commission, PO Box 16600, Austin, TX 78761-6600.
- Tickets for prizes over $1,000,000 must be claimed at Texas Lottery Headquarters in Austin. Please call 1-800-37-LOTTO if
you believe you are a holder of such a ticket.
- Texas Lottery claim forms are available at lottery retailers, all claim centers, at www.txlottery.org, or by calling 1-800-37-LOTTO.
- The Internal Revenue Service requires that the Texas Lottery withhold 25% federal withholding tax from prizes greater than $5,000 if
the winner is a citizen or resident alien of the U.S. with a Social Security number. Withholding will be 30% for nonresident aliens
- The Internal Revenue Service requires the Texas Lottery to report all winnings for $600 and above for U.S. citizens and resident aliens.
- If a person is indebted or owes delinquent taxes to the state, the winnings shall be withheld until the debt or taxes are paid.
For further information, please see the
Texas lottery Prize Claiming page.
Where do the Texas Lottery profits go?
The Texas lottery revenue is distributed as follows: 62% goes to prizes, 27% to Foundation School Fund, 5% retailer commissions,
5% lottery administration.
Since 1997, Texas Lottery proceeds have been transferred to the Foundation School Fund to support public education in the state.
More information can be found at: Supporting Education page.
Information on Each Texas Lottery Game
Further information on each Texas lottery lottery game such as how to play, how to win, prizes, etc., is available on
this site at the following pages.
US-Lotteries.com is not in any way affiliated with the Texas Lottery. The information listed here is just a summary of important facts
extracted from Texas Lottery web site. The main purpose of US-Lotteries.com is to present statistics and analysis of winning numbers, plus, online
tools and calculators such as wheels and combinations generators. Click below to see the contents of the tools available for each game.
Texas Two Step