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Everyone could use some extra money, whether it’s $200 or $2 million. A lucky Houston resident won $20.75 million in October 2021, from a Texas lottery ticket they purchased at a Food Mart.

Are you hoping to win fortune and fame playing the Tex lottery? Here’s a helpful guide to get started.

Texas Lottery Games

There are several ways to play the lottery and win big. The Texas Lottery offers 8 games in addition to scratch tickets:

  • Powerball
  • Mega Millions
  • Lotto Texas
  • Texas Two-Step
  • Pick 3
  • Daily 4
  • Cash Five
  • All or Nothing

The Powerball and Mega Millions are nationwide lotteries played in multiple states. They generally offer the highest jackpots, but the lowest odds.

The other 6 games are in-house drawings only offered in Texas. You don’t have to be a Texas resident to play, but you must purchase your ticket from a licensed retailer.

How to Play the Texas Lotto

To play the lotto, there are several different ways you can purchase tickets. They’re available to buy in person at over 20,000 participating stores and gas stations.

You can also purchase tickets online through independent services like The Lotter Texas. Or you can use phone apps like the official Texas Lottery app or Jackpocket. A Texas resident won the Texas Two Step’s $675,000 prize in 2020 by using her phone app.

How to Find Tex Lottery Results

There are many ways to check for winning numbers. The quickest and easiest is the Texas Lottery home page.

The official site also has a live webcast during each game’s specific draw time. You can also check with a licensed retailer or the independent service that sold your ticket.

There are also sites that offer live results organized by game so you get more specific information. For example, you can check your two step numbers, see past results, and know the next estimated jackpot all in one go.

You don’t want to miss the results if you win the lottery. Winning tickets are valid for up to 180 days (roughly 6 months) after the drawing date. Unlucky winners have lost out by not claiming their ticket in time.

How to Collect Prizes

Texas has a very specific claim system. Certain prize amounts are only redeemed in certain places. Authorized processing centers include:

  • Texas Lottery retailers
  • Claim centers
  • Austin Lottery commission
  • Online Claim Form

Prizes that are $599 or less can be redeemed anywhere. Prizes that are between $600 and $2.5 million cannot be redeemed at Texas Lottery retailers, however.

Prizes between $2.5 Million and $5 Million can still be claimed using the online form. But they can only be claimed in person at the Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio claim centers, or the Austin Lottery Commission.

Any Texas Lottery prize above $5 million must be processed by the Austin Lottery Commission. You must also call to make an appointment for processing.

Play the Texas Lottery the Fun and Safe Way

Playing the lottery should be an enjoyable experience. The Tex lottery tries to make sure you can play the lotto and collect your winnings as easily and safely as possible. 

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