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First Texas Lottery Jackpot Winner Of 2020 Pockets More Than $13M

LAREDO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Someone hoping for some good luck to start the new year, found it at a convenience store in Laredo.

They bought a Quick Pick lottery ticket and it paid off big-time: $17,500,000.

The cash value option was selected at the time of purchase and the owner of the ticket will receive $13,349,448.78.

The jackpot-winning ticket for the Lotto Texas drawing held on January 15 was purchased at a Stripes Store in the South Texas city.

The winning ticket matched all six of the numbers drawn (16-34-38-40-49-54).

Lotto Texas Extra logo (courtesy: Texas Lottery)

The prize has not yet been claimed. The winner has 180 days from the draw date to claim the prize.

“We look forward to meeting our first Lotto Texas jackpot winner of the new year,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “If you have the winning ticket, we encourage you to sign the ticket, put it in a safe place, seek financial and legal advice, and call the Texas Lottery before coming to Austin to claim the prize.”

The winning Lotto Texas jackpot started as an advertised $5 million prize for the drawing on Sept. 28, 2019.

The jackpot-winning ticket for the Lotto Texas drawing held on January 15 was purchased at a Stripes Store in the South Texas city of Laredo.

With no Lotto Texas winner Wednesday, jackpot now at whopping $37.5M

HOUSTON – Who wants to be a millionaire?

The Lotto Texas jackpot, which was at its largest prize in more than a decade Wednesday night, only got larger after the numbers drew no winners. The jackpot is now even sweeter at $37.5 million for Saturday’s drawing.

There were, however, 27 people who guessed five out of the six numbers correctly and won prizes of $2,080, Wednesday night.

On May 29, 2010, the game’s largest jackpot prize reached an advertised $97 million. Wednesday’s jackpot was the fifth-largest jackpot prize in the world. According to lottery officials, the winner of the May 2010 drawing was sold at a 7-Eleven in Dallas located at 8902 Garland Road and was claimed by The Bilmar Trust.

“Lotto Texas has been on quite a run this year and now our players will have a shot to play for the game’s largest jackpot prize in more than (a) decade,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission. “I look forward to congratulating the biggest Lotto Texas winner since 2010. As growing jackpots tend to generate much excitement, we want to remind our players to play responsibly. It only takes one ticket to win.”

According to lottery officials, May 16, 2018, was the last jackpot winner of more than $30 million, which was claimed by a Houston resident who won an advertised jackpot of $35.25 million.

So far, only one person, a Laredo resident, has won a Lotto Texas jackpot in 2020 claiming $17.5 million for the drawing on Jan 15.

The Lotto Texas drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:12 p.m. You can watch the webcast of the official drawing here.

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The Lotto Texas jackpot has reached its largest prize in more than a decade after drawing an estimated $36.75 million for Wednesday’s drawing. ]]>