It's one of those things we ALL dream about. What would I do if I won the lottery? I know Texans think about it often because I swear nearly every adult in the state plays at least one game relatively regularly.

Now, we know the odds are stacked against us, especially on those national lottery games like Powerball and Mega Millions. However, Texas is rife with different games you can play that can pay out different amounts of money that can change your life.


By my calculations, there are eight different games we can play locally here in Texas. That doesn't include Powerball or Mega Millions, these are just games that are exclusive to the state.

Lotto Texas, scratch games, Lone Star Lineup, Pick 3, Daily 4, Texas Two Step, All or Nothing, and Cash Five. All of these games are exclusive to the Texas Lottery and aren't sold anywhere else. In theory, you would think these games would be a bit easier to win.


Now, I'm sure there is SOME sort of truth to that, but the odds are always calculated by the amount of number combinations inside the games. The concept of it being easier to win comes from the fact that fewer people are playing, therefore it means jackpots can last a bit longer.

In essence, fewer players means fewer chances for the number combinations to be matched up. Jackpots grow larger more often because of that, the games last longer before someone wins allowing you to win even more cash if you're lucky enough to hit.


That is a question that is a bit subjective. When you look at a list of total cashes from Texas Lottery, the Austin area was THE place to get your tickets. The top three spots on cashes belonged to Austin and Round Rock.

What I'm looking for are the places that have the smallest difference between total sales and total cashes. The best place inside the top 10 that I found was the Mobil Mart in Converse, TX. They sold just shy of $7 million worth of games and cashed $4.6 million.


Sadly there are not, but part of that is most likely based on the population compared to places like Austin or San Antonio. Those two areas seem to have a LOT of lottery players.

For example, Winners Corner in Austin sold over $127 million in games in 2023. Only a bit over $44 million of that was spent on local Texas games. The rest went to Powerball and Mega Millions.

That doesn't mean you can't win in Amarillo, but if you're trying to pull down a good chunk of money, my recommendation is staying with the local Texas games as opposed to hoping for the miracle win of Powerball or Mega Millions.

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