A Quick Look Back at 2023

In 2023, there were several big Texas Lottery scratch-off winners in East Texas. Someone in Nacogdoches won $1 million when he purchased a winning ticket at the Stripes Convenience Store on University Drive.

There were also several big winners last year of $200,000+. Somebody purchased a ticket at the Tobacco Barn by Brookshire Brothers in Huntington and scored $250,000. In Jacksonville, a scratch-off ticket paid out $200,000, and just as the holiday season was getting underway, a person in Tyler won $250,000 with 'The Perfect Gift' scratch-off game.

Canva/Texas Lottery
Canva/Texas Lottery

Lightning Strikes Twice

On January 2, the same 'Perfect Gift' game paid out another $250,000 to an East Texas resident. Someone walked into the Brookshires on Highway 110 in Whitehouse, Texas, and scratched their way to the top prize.

Brookshires Whitehouse

The Perfect Gift is a $10 scratch-off ticket. According to the Texas Lottery website, approximately 6,120,000 cards were distributed across the state with this game. Seven of those have a top prize of $250,000. The odds of winning the top prize are about 1 in 857,000.

So far, three of those top prizes have been claimed. Besides Tyler and Whitehouse, the other $250K winner came from Round Rock in central Texas.

Mega Millions and Powerball Drawings

The next Mega Millions drawing is tonight (1/5/24). That jackpot is now up to $140 million. The next Powerball drawing is Saturday night with a top prize of $35 million.

These two games have produced four Texas millionaires in the past week. These new millionaires were able to match all five of the non-bonus balls. The winners were from Laredo, Katy, Tomball, and Longview.

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