There are usually two schools of thought when it comes to playing for a big jackpot in a state or national lottery:

  • I have a better chance of getting stuck by lightning twice than picking all the right numbers, I'm not buying a ticket.
  • Somebody's gonna end up winning, it might as well be me.

With my luck, I would win the jackpot and then get struck by lightning.

The September 2 drawing for the Lotto Texas jackpot has grown to an estimated  $36.75 million – the largest jackpot since May 29, 2010 drawing when the game boasted an advertised $97 million jackpot prize. Wednesday night’s jackpot currently stands as the fifth-largest lottery prize up for grabs in the world. The largest Lotto Texas jackpot in game history was an advertised $145 million prize for the June 19, 2004 drawing, which was sold in El Paso and claimed by VOM Enterprises, Ltd.

Since launching in 1992, the Lotto Texas jackpot has awarded $6.48 billion in prizes.
So far in 2020, there has only been one Lotto Texas jackpot winner, a Laredo resident that claimed a jackpot prize of $17.5 million for the drawing held on Jan. 15, 2020.

Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:12 p.m.

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated more than $31 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $65 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $25.5 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $140 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.

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