Texas Lottery approves new game to start in fall

PART 9. TEXAS LOTTERY COMMISSION

CHAPTER 401. ADMINISTRATION OF STATE LOTTERY ACT

SUBCHAPTER D. LOTTERY GAME RULES

16 TAC §401.320

The Texas Lottery Commission (Commission) proposes new 16 TAC §401.320 (“All or Nothing” On-Line Game Rule). The purpose of the proposed rule is to establish and share with the public, details of the game design, matrix, prize level structure and operation of the proposed on-line game.

Kathy Pyka, Controller, has determined that the new rule will result in an estimated $40.5 million for the first five year period. The fiscal impact for each year of the first five years the rule is in effect is as follows: FY 2012, $1.3M; FY 2013, $9.8M; FY 2014, $9.8M; FY 2015 $9.8M; FY 2016, $9.8M. There will be no adverse effect on small businesses, micro businesses, or local or state employment. There will be no additional economic cost to persons required to comply with the new rule as proposed. Furthermore, an Economic Impact Statement and Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is not required because the new rule will not have an economic effect on small businesses as defined in Texas Government Code §2006.001(2).

Michael Anger, Lottery Operations Director, has determined that for each year of the first five years the new rule will be in effect, the public benefit anticipated is additional revenue for the Foundation School Fund, additional commissions for retailers, and a wider variety of lottery game offerings and features for players.

The Commission requests comments on the proposed new rule from any interested person. Comments on the proposed new rule may be submitted to Pete Wassdorf, Assistant General Counsel, by mail at Texas Lottery Commission, P.O. Box 16630, Austin, Texas 78761-6630; by facsimile at (512) 344-5189; or by email at legal.input@lottery.state.tx.us. The Commission will hold a public hearing on this proposal at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at 611 E. 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78701. Comments must be received within 30 days after publication of this proposal in order to be considered.

The new rule is proposed under Texas Government Code, §466.015, which authorizes the Commission to adopt rules governing the operation of the lottery, and under the authority of Texas Government Code §467.102, which provides the Commission with the authority to adopt rules for the enforcement and administration of the laws under the Commission’s jurisdiction.

This proposal is intended to implement Texas Government Code, Chapter 466.

§401.320.”All or Nothing” On-Line Game Rule.

(a) “All or Nothing.” The executive director is authorized to conduct a game known as “All or Nothing.” The executive director may issue further directives for the conduct of “All or Nothing” that are consistent with this rule. In the case of conflict, this rule takes precedence over §401.304 of this title (relating to On-Line Game Rules (General)).

(b) Object of the Game. The object of the game is to either select as many or as few numbers that match the 12 numbers drawn in the drawing. If a player matches more than seven (7) or fewer than five (5) numbers drawn in the drawing, the player wins a prize. (See the prize schedule chart in subsection (g) of this section.) If the player matches all 12 numbers drawn in the drawing, or does not match any numbers drawn in the drawing, the player wins the Top Prize ($250,000). If more than one ticket has been sold in which a player has matched all or none of the numbers drawn in the drawing, each player possessing such ticket shall win the Top Prize of $250,000.

(c) Definitions. When used in this rule, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

(1) Play–The selection of twelve different numbers from 1 through 24 for one opportunity to win in “All or Nothing” and the purchase of a ticket evidencing that selection.

(2) Playboard–A field of 24 numbers on a playslip for use in selecting numbers for an “All or Nothing” play.

(3) Playslip–An optically readable card issued by the Commission for use in selecting numbers for one or more “All or Nothing” plays.

(d) Plays and tickets.

(1) A ticket may be sold only by an on-line retailer and only at the location listed on the retailer’s license. A ticket sold by a person other than an on-line retailer is not valid.

(2) The price of an individual play is $2.

(3) A player may complete up to five playboards on a single playslip.

(4) A player may use a single playslip to purchase the same play(s) for up to 24 consecutive drawings, to begin with the next drawing after the purchase.

(5) A person may select numbers for a play either:

(A) by using a playslip to select numbers;

(B) by selecting a Quick Pick and allowing a random number generator operated by the terminal to select numbers; or

(C) by requesting a retailer to manually enter numbers.

(6) Playslips must be completed manually. A ticket generated from a playslip that was not completed manually is not valid.

(7) An on-line retailer may accept a request to manually enter selections or to make Quick Pick selections only if the request is made in person. A retailer shall not accept telephone or mail-in or other requests not made in person to manually enter selected numbers.

(8) An on-line retailer shall issue a ticket as evidence of one or more plays. A ticket must show the numbers selected for each play, the number of plays, the draw date(s) and time(s) for which the plays were purchased, the cost of the ticket and the security and transaction serial numbers. Tickets must be printed on official Texas Lottery paper stock.

(9) A playslip, or any document other than a ticket issued as described in paragraph (8) of this subsection, has no monetary value and is not evidence of a play.

(10) It shall be the exclusive responsibility of the player to verify the accuracy of the player’s selection(s) and other data printed on the ticket.

(11) An unsigned winning ticket is payable to the holder or bearer of the ticket if the ticket meets all applicable validation requirements. Neither the Commission nor its sales agents shall be responsible for lost or stolen tickets.

(12) The executive director may authorize promotions in connection with the “All or Nothing” On-Line game. Current promotions will be posted on the Commission’s web site, and published in the “In Addition” section of the Texas Register.

(e) Drawings.

(1) “All or Nothing” drawings will be held four times a day, at 10:00 a.m., 12:27 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 10:12 p.m.) six days a week (Monday through Saturday). The executive director may change the drawing schedule, if, in the executive director’s sole discretion, it is deemed necessary or expedient.

(2) Twelve different numbers from 1 through 24 shall be drawn at each “All or Nothing” drawing.

(3) Numbers drawn must be certified by the Commission in accordance with the Commission’s drawing procedures.

(4) The numbers selected in a drawing shall be used to determine all winners for that drawing.

(5) A drawing will not be invalidated based on the financial liability of the lottery.

(f) Announcement of incentive or bonus program. The executive director shall announce each incentive or bonus program prior to its commencement. The announcement shall specify the beginning and ending time, if applicable, of the incentive or bonus program and the value for the award.

(g) Prizes.

(1) The Top Prize is $250,000.

(A) Each person who holds a valid ticket for a play matching (in any order) the twelve numbers drawn in a drawing, or matching none of the twelve numbers drawn in a drawing is entitled to a prize in the amount of $250,000. All other prizes are in amounts for matching or non-matching selections as shown in the following chart. All prizes are paid in cash.

Figure: 16 TAC §401.320(g)(1)(A)

(B) All payments shall be made upon completion of Commission validation procedures.

(C) A claim for any prize of $600 or more must be presented at a Texas Lottery claim center.

(2) A person may win only one prize per play per drawing. A player who holds a valid ticket for a winning play is entitled to the highest prize for that play.

This agency hereby certifies that the proposal has been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be within the agency’s legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on February 6, 2012.

TRD-201200590

Kimberly L. Kiplin

General Counsel

Texas Lottery Commission

Earliest possible date of adoption: March 18, 2012

For further information, please call: (512) 344-501

Health Lottery Results for Saturday 31st March 2012

As March comes to an end we saw the 26th Health Lottery draw take place. Of course this UK lottery won’t be making anyone an overnight multi-millionaire as the Megamillions did but there is a top prize of £100,000 available to win. What have the Health Lottery results for Saturday 31st March 2012 revealed? Were there any jackpot winners or like last week did matching the five main balls drawn prove impossible for all participating players in this fairly new lottery game? Read on for the numbers and details of winners…

Latest Health Lottery Results for 31 March 2012


  • 13
  • 31
  • 37
  • 40
  • 47

There are still several numbers that have yet to make an appearance in the Health Lottery results and these are (12) (13) (23) (40) and (50).

Two of these numbers were drawn tonight making their first ever outing as main balls for the Health Lottery – 13 and 40 were both drawn. However, none of the most common drawn numbers came out which is quite unusual. 31 has been drawn three times whilst 37 and 47 have both been out twice.

There are currently no special promotions being offered by the Health Lottery; Magic Monday and the Second Chance Guaranteed Winner promotions have ended.

There were 7,779 players who won the two lower prize tiers of either £500 for matching four numbers or £50 for matching three numbers but for the second week in a row there were no jackpot winners on the Health Lottery. Are we set to see this lottery offer a quarter of a million jackpot as they have done in the past? It only seems fair considering there is £200,000 unclaimed for the last two weeks….

Written by Nicola Barber

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Page Last Updated: 01/04/2012 10:41:37

Health Lottery Results 31st December 2011

Are the Health Lottery results for 31st December 2011 going to be unlucky for you? After all it’s the 13th draw for this fairly new lottery and many consider this to be an unlucky number. It could be that the 13th draw and the Health Lottery results reveal your five chosen numbers to make you £100,000 richer – wouldn’t that be a fabulous start to the New Year! Could it be that the five main numbers drawn didn’t reveal a winner and went to the Second Chance Guaranteed Winner? Read on for more details of the winning numbers.

Latest Health Lottery Results for 24 March 2012


  • 1
  • 2
  • 6
  • 10
  • 42

The draw took place on Channel 5 at 10pm during the ad-break for the TV’s Greatest Magic Tricks yet the schedule of the draw was not shown on the official Health Lottery web page.

The main numbers drawn failed to produce a jackpot winner so the Health Lottery results saw a Second Chance Guaranteed Winner. The ticket reference that will be on the winning ticket is:

  • Ticket Ref: PZ0400559094

Of course with so few draws having taken place for the Health Lottery there are very few statistics to be found for this lottery but here are some of them; 39 that was drawn today is actually the 2nd most popular drawn number making its 4th appearance in the Health Lottery results. Surprisingly the most common drawn numbers, 5 and 7 haven’t come out in the Health Lottery draws for three weeks now!

We’ll update you later with the Health Lottery results revealing the number of winners in the lower prize tiers who won a cash prize of either £500 or £50.

Written by Nicola Barber
 

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Page Last Updated: 30/03/2012 16:05:04

New EuroJackpot Lottery Starts Soon

EuroJackpotMany rumours have been circulating over the past few months about a new lottery, the EuroJackpot launching. Speculation has risen as to what the EuroJackpot will entail, which countries are participating, what players can win and when the draws will take place, however excitement is growing amongst players as the new EuroJackpot lottery starts soon. In exactly two weeks, on the 23rd March this game will hold its first ever draw, so let’s look at what this new European lottery, the EuroJackpot is all about.

Back in November 2011 lottery officials from various European countries came together in a summit in Amsterdam to talk about the introduction of a new European lottery and it was here that the EuroJackpot was created. Another European lottery that has proved to be a success is the EuroMillions and the officials at this meeting agreed that the EuroJackpot will play out in a similar style to the EuroMillions.

There is thought to be numerous European countries that will participate in the EuroJackpot and these include Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. It might be the case that other European countries such as Norway, Sweden and Iceland may join the EuroJackpot at a later date, but that is yet to be confirmed.

EuroJackpot draws will take place once a week on a Friday night (starting from the 23rd March) and the jackpot in this new lottery will always be worth a minimum of €10 million but can rollover when no jackpot winner is found, just like the EuroMillions. Below the EuroJackpot top prize there are 11 other EuroJackpot prizes on offer to win in every draw.

Even though the EuroJackpot is a European lottery it has already created global interest, so it will be interesting to see how successful this new lottery will turn out to be.

Written by Grace Mee
 

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Page Last Updated: 30/03/2012 16:10:34

EuroJackpot Lottery Launches Across Europe

EuroJackpotAfter years of planning and months of anticipation the EuroJackpot lottery has finally launched across Europe with the first draw taking place this evening at 8pm GMT. The EuroJackpot will be drawn and then broadcast from an all new custom built TV studio based in Helsinki, Finland. Ticket sales for the new lottery opened on March 17th 2012 and initial interest from the participating countries has been extremely high.

Countries taking part in the first Euro Jackpot lottery draw are; Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, Italy, Estonia and Slovenia. Other countries marked to join the EuroJackpot at a later date are Norway and Iceland. 

In terms of gameplay the EuroJackpot draw is almost identical to the other popular European lottery game EuroMillions. The draw consists of 5 balls each numbered between 1 and 50 and two Euro numbers between 1 and 8. In order to win the top prize in the EuroJackpot lottery players must match all 5 main numbers and both Euro numbers.

Prizes in the EuroJackpot are awarded in 12 tiers with Match 2 main balls and one lucky number paying the lowest prize of approximately €8.00. The top prize for matching 5+2 starts at a minimum Jackpot of €10,000,000 and then increases after each draw if there are no jackpot winners to a maximum jackpot of €90,000,000.

Unlike the EuroMillions lottery there is no variation in the draw between countries so added regional components of the draw such as the Millionaire Raffle in the UK will not be seen in the inaugural EuroJackpot draw. EuroJackpot Results should be available online via a number of sources and will also be available in the European press and on most major TV stations in the participating countries.

Written by Grace Mee

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Page Last Updated: 23/03/2012 15:18:11

Health Lottery Results for Saturday 24th March 2012

Melinda Messenger presented the 25th Health Lottery draw tonight on Channel 5 and players will be keen to see if their five numbers were drawn in the Health Lottery results for Saturday 24th March 2012. Matching five numbers on this fairly new lottery will net you a jackpot of £100,000 even if there are multiple winners because the Health Lottery guarantee to pay this amount to ALL winners. On the flip side of the coin though, if there are no winners, the jackpot for this lottery does not roll over to the next draw.

Latest Health Lottery Results for 24 March 2012


  • 1
  • 2
  • 6
  • 10
  • 42

Last week we saw just one winning ticket take the top prize for the Health Lottery – a ticket sold in Salford, Manchester but what have the Health Lottery results revealed for the draw of Saturday 24th March?

Despite there now having been 25 draws, with five numbers being selected from the ball machine per draw (making a total of 125 balls drawn), there are still outstanding numbers that have yet to make an appearance in the Health Lottery results. The numbers 12, 13, 23, 40 and 50 still haven’t come up in any of the Health Lottery draws. However, two numbers that did appear, numbers 6 and 42, have each been drawn thrice before making them part of a group of numbers that are the fourth most common in the Health Lottery.

Unusually, there were no jackpot winners today but unfortunately as we mentioned above, the jackpot does not rollover in the Health Lottery. On the lower prize levels though there were over 17,000 winning tickets that can claim prizes of either £50 or £500. Let’s see what next week’s draw brings!

Written by Lottie McDonald

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Page Last Updated: 25/03/2012 00:25:28

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