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A MESSAGE FROM GARY GRIEF, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TEXAS LOTTERY COMMISSION

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A MESSAGE FROM GARY GRIEF, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TEXAS LOTTERY COMMISSION

Welcome to the Texas Lottery Website. I'm delighted you have taken the time to learn about the Texas Lottery and the important contributions that the Texas Lottery makes to public education and veterans' assistance in Texas.

When then-Gov. Ann Richards purchased the first Texas Lottery ticket on May 29, 1992, no one could have imagined that an $8 billion business had launched. But here we are. As the Texas Lottery celebrates “30 Years of Winning,” it is regarded as one of the most successful lotteries in the country – because of our staff, vendor partners, players and retailers, most of whom have served their communities tirelessly as “essential businesses” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through our robust scratch ticket and draw game methodologies – which are unparalleled in the lottery industry – along with a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication, the Texas Lottery enjoyed another record-breaking fiscal year in FY 2021, which ended on Aug. 31, 2021. For the first time, lottery sales eclipsed the $8 billion mark, shattering the previous record set in FY 2020 by more than $1.4 billion.

The past fiscal year also marked the 13th consecutive year that the Texas Lottery recorded sales growth from the previous year, including an 11th straight year that a new sales record was attained, with $8.107 billion in total sales. Scratch ticket sales alone reached a record $6.617 billion in sales. Boosted by a pair of dueling multi-state jackpots in January 2021, along with our highest in-state draw game sales since FY 2005, the Texas Lottery also generated a record $1.49 billion in total draw game sales in FY 2021. All of these record sales allowed for a total net contribution of $1.998 billion to Texas schools and veterans’ causes, also a new record.

Broken down further, this nearly $2 billion revenue transfer to the State of Texas this year included $1.974 billion to the Foundation School Fund and $23.4 million to the Fund for Veterans' Assistance. The Texas Lottery has now contributed more than $27 billion to Texas public education and more than $166 million to Texas veterans since the dedication of such funds by the Texas Legislature.

The Foundation School Fund supports the operational needs and special program services for Texas school districts, including teacher salaries, utilities, equipment, bilingual education, special education, gifted and talented education, and career and technical education.

The Texas Veterans Commission’s Fund for Veterans' Assistance makes grants available to eligible charitable organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families. With 1.7 million veterans spread across the state, these programs provide financial assistance, transportation services, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder counseling and housing assistance. The Texas Lottery has partnered with the Texas Veterans Commission since 2009, and we proudly celebrate the life-changing contributions this collaboration provides.

Texas Lottery players and retailers also enjoyed a record FY 2021. Players collected $5.492 billion in prizes, the most money paid out in prizes in Texas Lottery history. For the more than 20,000 retailers that sell lottery tickets across the state, commissions amounted to $434.1 million, the highest payment to retailers in Texas Lottery history.

Our careful spending last year kept administrative costs to just 3.54% of FY 2021 sales, one of the country’s lowest lottery administrative expenditure rates.

As we work to provide innovative and entertaining lottery products for our players in an effort to meet our goal of generating as much revenue as possible for our beneficiaries, we take social responsibility very seriously in all aspects of our business and we encourage our players to PLAY RESPONSIBLY.

I’ve had the distinct privilege of working for the Texas Lottery since start-up and have had the pleasure of serving as executive director since 2010. Looking back, we are thrilled to have once again surpassed our previous sales and revenue records for the 11th consecutive year, and I want to thank all of our players, retailers, vendors and staff for this outstanding achievement. We firmly believe that when Texans play, Texas wins.

As we look to the future, we will continue our efforts to increase funding for Texas education and veterans through the use of technology and innovations by aligning our goals, collaborating on strategies, being flexible and executing strategies. On behalf of the Texas Lottery, thank you for your support.

 

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