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Texas State Lotteries Laws

Most states have lotteries, which are games of chance that award cash prizes. The primary stated reason for creating a state lottery is to raise revenue, usually with a stated benefactor (such as schools, community improvement, etc.). Texas state lottery laws regulate how the revenue is to be distributed, whether lottery prizes may be garnished (delinquent taxes, child support payments, etc.), time limits to claim prizes, and other factors.

The main provisions of Texas state lottery laws are listed in the table below.

Code Section Govt §§466.001, et seq.
Distribution of Lottery Revenue Payment of prizes, 62%; cost and expenses not to exceed 11%; to fund state education, 27%.
Additional Purpose of Lottery -  
Lottery Prize Subject to Garnishment Delinquent tax, child support payments, or default in student guaranteed loan shall be deducted
Time Limit to Claim Prize/Disposition 180 days/provides additional money to state lottery account; $20 million for TX Dept. of Health teaching hospital account, $5 million for Health and Human Services Commission for inpatient hospital services, rest to general fund
Prohibited Related Activities Sales to minors; sales by phone; stolen, forged or altered tickets; sale at greater price; sale on credit; unauthorized sale; sale for food stamps or with AFDC check; influencing selection of winner; fraud

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Texas gaming attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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