Below is the proposed Lotto Texas & Texas Two Step
rule change as it appeared in the Texas Register on Dec. 21, 2001.
This rule was revised again and adopted on Feb. 12, 2002. Read on ...

Update - February 13, 2002 -
A bittersweet victory. On
Feb. 12, 2002, the Texas Lottery Commission adopted a new Lotto Texas
rule but only after the proposed rule had been revised for a 4th time.
The 4th revision was that they changed the language from "may" back to "shall"
(pertaining to the amount a 6 of 6 winner receive) which is exactly what
players wanted
. However, the bad news, they deleted the sentence that
says "no prize will be less than $5." I have a problem with this because
this is what they promised us when they added the 4 balls and the very
idea that any 4 of 6 winner could ever receive less than a 3 of 6 winner
seems terribly unfair. However, the chances of this happening are slim,
so, we'll wait and see what happens before making any plans to object.

Pertaining to the 6 of 6 prize: The verbage in the new Lotto Texas
rule now reads: "The direct prize category contribution shall be
no less than 68.24% of the prize pool for the drawing.
"

This is the way it should have been all along - so calling this a "victory"
is questionable. It was a hard fought, 8 month long battle/victory.
In essence, the new rule guarantees that 6 of 6 winners will receive
"at least" the amount advertised but if there is more money in the
prize pool than what's necessary to get a return of the amount
advertised, then the player will receive the excess funds too. If
on the other hand, there is not enough money to make good on the
amount advertised, the TLC will pull the funds from the reserve fund
to make good on the win.

This is not necessarily good because the money in reserve is part of the
55% that players "shall" receive. It's conceivable that the reserve fund
may never be needed - after all, it was never needed to pay the 3 of 6 winners
which was the original intent of having a reserve fund in the first place. I'll track the
money and keep you posted. Also I'll obtain the necessary information to see
where players stand as far as actually receiving 55% of sales as the rule states.

In closing, let me say that this particular battle is over and we won. Because
of your comments and support, the TLC cannot pay just the "amount advertised"
like they wanted - they have to pay all that is in the 6 of 6 prize pool too.
I could not be reporting this news to you had you not supported me
so here's a pat on the back for you and your efforts. They paid off. Also,
because of this battle, the TLC has undergone a great deal of scrunity lately
with much more to come. But I won't go there now, let's just move on and deal with
the proposed Pick3 rule change which is to start having two drawing per day.
If you oppose this plan, you must comment and all comments are due in by Feb. 23.

Send your comments to me. The TLC will not accept comment by email.
I plan to post a form that you can fill out for ease of commenting and
I'll try to have it up by tomorrow - 2-14-02 - by the way, Happy Valentines!

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Posted: Jan. 8, 2002
Revised: Jan. 12, 2002
Updated: Feb. 13, 2002

Quick Summary
My Objections

The Proposed Rule

The underlined words is the new
proposed language and the
words marked through
is language
they are deleting.
The big type is what I think
you will oppose or something
I want you to notice. At least, it
will be easy for you to spot!


The proposed rule says, "The proposed amendments provide for the payment of the greater of the advertised jackpot amount or the jackpot amount based on sales determined in part by the applicable interest rate factor;"

I object - Tell me, what does the interest rate have to do with the amount allocated from sales for the first prize category? This does not say players shall receive "at least" the amount in the prize pool. NO.

The proposed rule says, "The amendments also delete language that provides that no prize amount shall be less than $5.00. While the 3 of 6 prize pays $5.00, it is possible, albeit a remote possibility, that the 4 of 6 prize category could pay less than $5.00 because of the pari-mutuel nature of that prize category."

What? I really object to this. There is something seriously wrong if players who have 4 of 6 numbers were to ever receive less than $5? How horrible. NO.

The proposed rule still says: "I) The direct prize category contribution may be 68.24% of the prize pool for the drawing."

I object - If the TLC were to pay the greater of either the amount allocated or the amount advertised and if the TLC intended to pay players a minimum of 55% of sales as the rules states they "shall" pay, then this sentence should clearly say, "the direct prize category contribution shall be a minimum of 68.24% of the prize pool for the drawing."

The proposed rule says: The amount actually paid {to the 6 of 6 winner} will either be a winner's share of the net present cash value of the jackpot amount or a winner's share of the jackpot amount, depending on the payment option and consistent with the provisions of the rule.

I object - First of all, what difference does it make what "payment option" the player selected. The 6 of 6 winners are entitled to AT LEAST the amount allocated from sales. Period.

Secondly, the TLC is obtaining the amount necessary to invest for a return of the "advertised amount" from the comptroller. They are defining this as the "net present cash value." If they were obtaining this figure so they could determine which figure was the greatest - the allocated amount or the amount needed to get a return of the amount advertised - then the rule should say, "The amount actually paid {to the 6 of 6 winner} shall be a minimum of 68.24% of total sales."

You see, there could be more in the prize pool than the amount needed to invest no matter which option the player chose. The TLC is still writing this rule change to enable them to pay the amount they advertise rather than the amount set aside for the 6 of 6 winner from sales. The truth is, it would be bad business to say that you would pay the greater of the amount in the pool or the advertised amount because there would be no resources available to recover the overpayments.

Except of course, unless you take the 2% held in reserve and the ridiculously high percentage allocated to the 3 of 6 winners. Did you know that since the inception of Lotto Texas through Jan 7, 2002, they have allocated from sales $445,690,672 to pay 3 of 6 winners but winning tickets only totaled $409,778,715. And a great many of these tickets were never claimed meaning they have had an unbelievable amount of money placed in the unclaimed prize fund which has never been returned to players. Further, the TLC has withheld $79,876,741 from the players share of sales and placed into the reserve fund which was supposed to be used for shortages when paying the 3 of 6 players. They've never needed a reserve fund but they can get away with it because they have ONE guaranteed prize - the 3 of 6 prize. All other prizes were pari-mutuel.

Let's get this straight, the rule says that players "shall receive a minimum of 55% of sales," yet there is $115,788,698 that was part of the players prize pool that has never been paid to players. And let's not forget the recent $13 million unclaimed Lotto Texas ticket from Houston too. In reality, that ticket was really just worth $6,636,059 - this is the amount allocated from sales that the winner was entitled to. NO.

The proposed rule says, " The pari-mutuel prize amounts, except the jackpot prize amount, are based on the total amount in the prize category for that Lotto Texas drawing distributed equally over the number of matching combinations in each prize category."

I object. This sentence clearly means the top prize is not pari-mutuel. It means that they will pay the amount they advertise. They will be able to under-estimate the larger jackpots and over-estimate other jackpots. NO.

They are deleting this sentence from the rule under "Reserve Fund": [ any amounts allocated to the prize pool and not paid to the winners. The Lotto Texas prize reserve fund may be increased or decreased, for example, by rounding down, paying Lotto Texas prizes, and roll-over amounts from the fourth prize ].

I object. As you can see, the original intent of the "reserve fund" was that the money was to be used to pay the 3 of 6 winners {fourth prize}. By deleting this sentence, they can place excess 6 of 6 prize monies in the reserve fund too. NO.

Texas Two Step

The proposed rule says, (i) The direct prize category contribution may [ shall ] be 45.56% of the prize pool for the drawing.

I object. Same song different game. Notice how they are deleting "shall" and inserting the word "may." The lotteries are suppose to give players back a percentage of sales - in this case 50% of sales is to be returned to the players. Yet, the percentages allocated don't equal 100% of the prize pool. They make changes like this so they can have a free-hand and pay whatever they want.

Did you know that on the first Texas Two Step drawing, they paid the exact amount that was in the prize pool to the 3 winners but since then have paid the amount they advertise. This rule was written to pay the amount they advertise and not the amount allocated.

Did you notice on 12-28-01 where the jackpot was advertised at $700,000 but there was no winner. Then for the next drawing held on 1-1-02, they only raised the jackpot to $800,000. Doesn't it seem strange to you that they normally raise the pots by more than $100,000 especially when they are this high. Well, I suspect it was under-estimated on purpose. Sales are really down on this game and they need extra money to help offset the starting $200,000 jackpot. Sure enough, there was a $800,000 winner and there was an extra $56,000 left in the kitty to carry over for the next drawing. And it turned out they needed it too because there was a $200,000 winner but they only had $187,000 in the pool to pay the winner with.

Notice the rule does not state that all jackpots will start out at $200,000 either. Why is that?

Pick3

The TLC is proposing a rule change for this game too. They are proposing to start playing it twice daily. I absolutely oppose this rule change and I will quit playing Pick3 if they increase the number of draws. You can comment on this subject with your comment pertaining to Lotto Texas and Texas 2 Step too. I've included an opposition statement on the comment letter I've written that you can print out and mail for ease of commenting. Click here to go to the comment page.

Preamble

The Texas Lottery Commission proposes amendments to 16 TAC §401.305 and §401.312 relating to Lotto Texas and Texas Two Step on-line game rules, respectively. The proposed amendments provide for the payment of the greater of the advertised jackpot amount or the jackpot amount based on sales determined in part by the applicable interest rate factor; and, definitions of "advertised jackpot", "annual payment option", and "jackpot amount". The amendments also delete language that provides that no prize amount shall be less than $5.00. While the 3 of 6 prize pays $5.00, it is possible, albeit a remote possibility, that the 4 of 6 prize category could pay less than $5.00 because of the pari-mutuel nature of that prize category. Therefore, the Commission proposes the deletion of the language. The amendments, in part, also eliminate redundant, confusing, or obsolete language and update the rules to current agency practice. Additionally, the Commission received a comment in which the commenter suggested the Commission reconsider the wording "cash value option" and instead use the phrase "net present cash value" in the "Lotto Texas" rule. Staff agrees with the commenter and proposes this new language as a definition for "net present cash value option". With regard to Texas Two Step, proposed amendments also allow players to claim prizes up to $999,999 at claims centers, clarify what numbers selected by the player must match the numbers drawn to win a prize, and more accurately describe how the advertised jackpot is determined.

Government Code §2001.039, and the General Appropriations Act, Article IX, §9-10.13, 76th Legislature (1999), requires each state agency to review and consider for readoption each rule adopted by that agency pursuant to the Government Code, Chapter 2001 (Administrative Procedures Act). 16 TAC Chapter 401 has been reviewed in its entirety and the Commission determined that reasons for adopting certain sections continue to exist. The certain sections that have been readopted pursuant to Commission Order No. 00-0004, dated January 28, 2000, are set out in Exhibit "A" to the Order. The notice of the proposed rule review was published in the November 12, 1999, issue of the Texas Register (24 TexReg 10149). No comments were received regarding the agency's rule review of Chapter 401. The proposal of this rulemaking as to §401.305 is consistent with and, in part, the result of the agency's rule review.

Bart Sanchez, Financial Administration Director, has determined that for each year of the first five years the sections are in effect there will not be foreseeable additional fiscal implications for state or local government as a result of enforcing or administering these rules. There is no anticipated impact on small businesses, micro businesses or local or state employment as a result of implementing these sections.

Robert Tirloni, On-line Products Manager, Marketing Division, has determined that for each of the first five years the sections as proposed are in effect, the public benefit anticipated as a result of the proposed amendments is to benefit the players by paying the greater of the advertised jackpot amount or the jackpot amount based on sales determined in part by the applicable interest rate factor and also by eliminating redundant or obsolete language and updating §401.305 to current agency practice.

Written comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted to Kimberly L. Kiplin, General Counsel, Texas Lottery Commission, P.O. Box 16630, Austin, Texas 78761-6630. The Texas Lottery Commission will also conduct a hearing to receive comment on the proposed amendments on January 9, 2002 at 9:00 a.m. at the Commission auditorium, 611 E. Sixth Street, Austin, Texas.

The amendments are proposed under Government Code, Section 466.015 which authorizes the Commission to adopt all rules necessary to administer the State Lottery Act and to adopt rules governing the establishment and operation of the lottery, and under Government Code, Section 467.102 which authorizes the Commission to adopt rules for the enforcement and administration of the laws under the Commission's jurisdiction. The amendments are also proposed under Government Code, Section 466.015 which authorizes the Executive Director to propose rules to be adopted by the Commission.

The amendments affect Government Code, Chapter 466.

§401.305."Lotto Texas" On-Line Game Rule.

(a) Lotto Texas. A Texas Lottery on-line game to be known as "Lotto Texas" is authorized to be conducted by the executive director under the following rules and under such further instructions and directives as the executive director may issue in furtherance thereof. If a conflict arises between this section and §401.304 of this title (relating to On-Line Game Rules (General)), this section shall have precedence.

(b) Definitions. In addition to the definitions provided in §401.301 [ §401.304 ] of this title (relating to General Definitions [ On-Line Game Rules (General) ]), and unless the context in this section otherwise requires, the following definitions apply.

(1) Advertised jackpot-The jackpot amount the commission establishes for each Lotto Texas drawing and authorizes commission vendors to publicize. The advertised jackpot or share of the advertised jackpot is the amount the commission may pay as the annual payment option in 25 annual payments consistent with the provisions of this rule. The advertised jackpot is determined by the indirect prize category and by estimating the direct prize category and may be increased prior to the draw by the commission based on sales projections.

(2) Annual payment option-The option selected if the player elects at the time the player purchases a ticket or if the player makes no election at the time the player purchases the ticket. The option is to be paid the jackpot amount in 25 annual payments, in the event the player has a valid winning jackpot ticket and consistent with the provisions of the rule.

(3) Jackpot amount-The greater of either the advertised jackpot or the jackpot based on sales determined in part by the applicable interest rate factor. The amount actually paid will either be a winner's share of the net present cash value of the jackpot amount or a winner's share of the jackpot amount, depending on the payment option and consistent with the provisions of the rule.

(4) [ (1) ] Net Present Cash value option--An election a player makes at the time the player purchases a ticket to be paid the net present cash value of the player's share of the jackpot amount , in the event the player has a valid winning jackpot ticket. The net present cash value is the cost that the Comptroller of Public Accounts informs the commission is the cost to purchase a 25-year annuity on the first business day after the drawing. The term "net present cash value option" is synonymous with the terms "cash value option", "cash option", and "net present value".

(5) [ (2) ] Number--Any play integer from one through 54 inclusive.

(6) [ (3) ] Play--The six numbers selected on each play board and printed on the ticket.

(7) [ (4) ] Play board--A field of the 54 numbers found on the playslip.

(8) [ (5) ] Playslip--An optically readable card issued by the commission [ Texas Lottery ] used by players of Lotto Texas to select plays. There shall be five play boards on each playslip identified at A, B, C, D, and E. A playslip has no pecuniary value and shall not constitute evidence of ticket purchase or of numbers selected.

(c) Price of ticket. The price of each Lotto Texas play shall be $1.00. A player may purchase up to five plays on one ticket. Multiple draws are available for up to 10 consecutive draws beginning with the current draw.

(d) Play for Lotto Texas.

(1) Type of play. A Lotto Texas player must select six numbers in each play or allow number selection by a random number generator operated by the computer, referred to as Quick Pick. A winning play is achieved only when three, four, five, or six of the numbers selected by the player match, in any order, the six winning numbers drawn by the lottery.

(2) Method of play. The player may [ will ] use playslips to make number selections. The on-line terminal will read the playslip and issue ticket(s) with corresponding plays. If a playslip is not available or if a player is unable to complete a playslip, the on-line retailer may enter the selected numbers via the keyboard. However, the retailer shall not accept telephone or mail-in requests to manually enter selected numbers. A [ If offered by the lottery, a ] player may leave all play selections to a random number generator operated by the computer, commonly referred to as Quick Pick [ "quick pick." ].

(3) One prize per play. The holder of a winning ticket may win only one prize per play in connection with the winning numbers [ number ] drawn and shall be entitled only to the highest prize category won by those numbers.

(e) Prizes for Lotto Texas.

(1) Prize amounts. The prize amounts, for each drawing, paid to each Lotto Texas player who selects a matching combination of numbers will vary due to a pari-mutuel calculation, with the exception of the fourth prize, which is a guaranteed $5.00. The calculation of a prize shall be rounded down so that prizes can be paid in multiples of whole dollars. Each prize category breakage, with the exception of the fourth prize breakage, will carry forward to the next drawing for each respective prize category. The fourth prize category breakage will be placed in the reserve fund. [ No prize amount shall be less than $5.00. ] The pari-mutuel prize amounts, except the jackpot prize amount , are based on the total amount in the prize category for that Lotto Texas drawing distributed equally over the number of matching combinations in each prize category. The jackpot amount will be the greater of either the advertised jackpot or the jackpot based on sales determined in part by the applicable interest rate factor. The amount actually paid will either be a winner's share of the net present cash value of the jackpot amount or a winner's share of the jackpot amount, depending on the payment option and consistent with the provisions of the rule.

Figure: 16 TAC §401.305(e)(1)

(2) Prize pool. The prize pool for Lotto Texas prizes shall be a minimum of 55% of Lotto Texas sales.

(3) Prize categories.

(A) First prize (jackpot).

(i) In the event of a prize winner who does not select the net present cash value option, the prize winner's share of the jackpot amount shall be paid in 25 installments. To determine the annuitized future value of each share (prize amount), the annuitized future value of the jackpot amount [ prize category ] is divided by the shares. A share is the matching combination, in one play, of all six numbers drawn by the commission [ Texas Lottery ] (in any order). Each share will be paid in 25 installments. The initial payment shall be paid only upon completion of all internal validation procedures. The subsequent 24 payments shall be paid annually by monies generated by the purchase of securities which shall be purchased through the Comptroller of Public Accounts-Treasury Operations, State of Texas, after each drawing for which lottery records reflect the sale of one or more winning Lotto Texas six of six plays, and the value of the 24 installments shall be determined by the face or market value of said securities at purchase. Annual installment payments shall be based on the annual maturity value of the securities purchased. The payment of annual annuities will be made on the 15th day of the anniversary of the month in which the ticket won. If the net present cash value of each share is equal to or greater than the amount required to pay an initial first-year cash installment and 24 subsequent annuitized annual installments yielding total payments greater than [ of ] $2 million [ or greater ], each share shall be paid in 25 installments in the same manner as described in this paragraph. If the net present cash value of each share is less than the amount required to pay an initial first-year cash installment and 24 subsequent installments yielding total payments of $2 million or less, each share shall be paid the net present cash value of each share in one payment.

(ii) In the event of a prize winner who selects the net present cash value option, the prize winner's share will be paid in a single, lump sum payment based on the discounted, net present cash value of the prize winner's share of the jackpot amount on the next business day after the drawing. The player must make the election of the net present cash value option at the time of purchasing a Lotto Texas ticket. If the player does not make any election at the time of purchasing a Lotto Texas ticket, the share will be paid in accordance with clause (i) of this subparagraph.

(iii) The six of six jackpot prize must be claimed at the Austin claim center. The jackpot amount is determined by the indirect prize category and by estimating the direct prize category. The total prize category contribution for a drawing will include the following.

(I) The direct prize category contribution may be 68.24% of the prize pool for the drawing. (This sentence must say "shall be a minimum of 68.24% of the prize pool for the drawing.)

(II) The indirect prize category contribution, which may be increased by the executive director, will include the roll-over from the previous drawing, if any. (Notice this does not say "may be decreased" yet they've decreased some winners pay.)

(III) The commission will pay the greater of either the advertised jackpot or the jackpot based on sales determined in part by the applicable interest rate factor. The amount actually paid will either be a winner's share of the net present cash value of the jackpot amount or a winner's share of the jackpot amount, depending on the payment option and consistent with the provisions of the rule.

(B) Second Prize. The prize amount shall be calculated by dividing the prize category contributions by the number of shares for the prize category. A share is the matching combination, in one play, of any five of the six numbers drawn by the commission [ Texas Lottery ] (in any order). The total prize category contribution will include the following.

(i) The direct prize category contribution shall be 5.07% of the prize pool for the drawing.

(ii) The indirect prize category contribution, which may be increased by the executive director, will include the breakage and/or roll-over from the previous drawing, if any.

(C) Third prize. The prize amount shall be calculated by dividing the prize category contributions by the number of shares for the prize category. A share is the matching combination, in one play, of any four of the six numbers drawn by the commission [ Texas Lottery ] (in any order). The total prize category contribution will include the following.

(i) The direct prize category contribution shall be 12.51% of the prize pool for the drawing.

(ii) The indirect prize category contribution, which may be increased by the executive director, will include the breakage and/or roll-over from the previous drawing, if any.

(D) Fourth prize. The prize amount is a guaranteed minimum $5.00. The difference between the prizes won and the direct prize category contribution will increase or decrease the prize reserve fund. The total prize category contribution will include the direct prize category contribution of 12.18% of the prize pool for the drawing. [Any roll-over amounts shall be added to the prize reserve fund. The total prize category contribution will include the following: ]
[(i) The direct prize category contribution shall be 12.18% of the prize pool for the drawing. ]
[(ii) The indirect prize category contribution as determined by the executive director.]

(The percentage allocated to the 3 of 6 prize category is entirely too high. Since inception of Lotto Texas, the TLC has had an excess of nearly $36 million and an additional $80 million was withheld to cover payouts for this prize in case there wasn't enough to pay them. Why hasn't this percentage been lowered and the reserve fund done away with?)

(4) Prize reserve fund.

(A) The Lotto Texas prize reserve is 2.0% of the prize pool.

(B) The Lotto Texas prize reserve fund may be increased or decreased by paying Lotto Texas prizes [ any amounts allocated to the prize pool and not paid to the winners. The Lotto Texas prize reserve fund may be increased or decreased, for example, by rounding down, paying Lotto Texas prizes, and roll-over amounts from the fourth prize ]. The Lotto Texas prize reserve fund may be used only for the Lotto Texas game.

(f) Ticket purchases.

(1) Lotto Texas tickets may be purchased only at a licensed location from a lottery retailer authorized by the lottery director to sell on-line tickets.

(2) Lotto Texas tickets shall show the player's selection of numbers [ number ] or Quick Pick (QP) numbers, boards played, drawing date, jackpot payment option, and validation and reference numbers.

(3) 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. A ticket is a bearer instrument until signed.

(4) Except as provided in subsection (d)(2) of this section, Lotto Texas tickets must be purchased using official Lotto Texas playslips. Playslips which have been mechanically completed are not valid. Lotto Texas tickets must be printed on official Texas lottery paper stock and purchased at a licensed location through an authorized Texas lottery retailer's on-line terminal.

(g) Drawings.

(1) The Lotto Texas drawings shall be held each week on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 9:59 p.m. Central Time except that the drawing schedule may be changed by the executive director, if necessary.

(2) Lotto Texas tickets will not be sold during the draw break for the Lotto Texas game [ from 9:45 p.m. Central Time until 10 p.m. Central Time] on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

(3) The drawings will be conducted by lottery officials.

(4) Each drawing shall determine, at random, six winning numbers in accordance with Lotto Texas drawing procedures. Any numbers drawn are not declared winning numbers until the drawing is certified by the commission [Texas Lottery] in accordance with the drawing procedures. The winning numbers shall be used in determining all Lotto Texas winners for that drawing.

(5) Each drawing shall be witnessed by an independent certified public accountant. All drawing equipment used shall be examined by at least one commission [ lottery ] security representative, the drawing supervisor, and the independent certified public accountant immediately prior to a drawing and immediately after the drawing.

(6) A drawing will not be invalidated based on the financial liability of the commission [Texas Lottery ].

(h) 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(s).

§401.312."Texas Two Step" On-line Game.

(a) Texas Two Step. A commission on-line game to be known as "Texas Two Step" is authorized to be conducted by the executive director under the following rules and under such further instructions and directives as the executive director may issue in furtherance thereof. If a conflict arises between this section and §401.304 of this title (relating to On-Line Game Rules (General)), this section shall have precedence.

(b) Definitions. In addition to the definitions provided in §401.301 [ §401.304 of this title (relating to On-Line Game Rules (General) ]), and unless the context in this section otherwise requires, the following definitions apply.

(1) Advertised jackpot--The jackpot amount the commission establishes for each Texas Two Step drawing and authorizes commission vendors to publicize.

(2) [ (1) ] Number--Any play integer from 1 through 35 inclusive.

(3) [ (2) ] Play--The five numbers selected on each play board and printed on the ticket. Four numbers are selected from the first field of 35 numbers and one number is selected from the second field of 35 numbers.

(4) [ (3) ] Play board--Two fields of 35 numbers each found on the playslip.

(5) [ (4) ] Playslip--An optically readable card issued by the commission used by players of Texas Two Step to select plays. There shall be five play boards on each playslip identified at A, B, C, D, and E. A playslip has no pecuniary value and shall not constitute evidence of ticket purchase or of numbers selected.

(c) Price of ticket. The price of each Texas Two Step play shall be $1.00. A player may purchase up to five plays on one ticket. Multiple draws are available for up to 10 consecutive draws beginning with the current draw.

(d) Play for Texas Two Step.

(1) Type of play. A Texas Two Step player must select four numbers from the first field of numbers from 1 through 35 and an additional one number from the second field of numbers from 1 through 35 in each play or allow number selection by a random number generator operated by the computer, referred to as Quick Pick. A winning play is achieved only when [ zero, one, two, ] three or four numbers selected from the first field of 35 numbers match, in any order, the four numbers drawn from the first field of 35 numbers in addition to matching either zero or one number drawn from the second field of 35 numbers or when zero, one or two numbers selected from the first field of 35 numbers match, in any order, the four numbers drawn from the first field of 35 numbers in addition to matching the one number drawn from the second field of 35 numbers .

(2) Method of play. The player may use playslips to make number selections. The on-line terminal will read the playslip and issue ticket(s) with corresponding plays. If a playslip is not available or if a player is unable to complete a playslip, the on-line retailer may enter the selected numbers via the keyboard. However, the retailer shall not accept telephone or mail-in requests to manually enter selected numbers. A player may leave all play selections to a random number generator operated by the computer, commonly referred to as Quick Pick.

(3) One prize per play. The holder of a winning ticket may win only one prize per play in connection with the winning number drawn and shall be entitled only to the highest prize category won by those numbers.

(e) Prizes for Texas Two Step.

(1) Prize amounts. The prize amounts, for each drawing, paid to each Texas Two Step player who selects a matching combination of numbers will vary due to a pari-mutuel calculation, with the exception of the sixth and seventh prize, which are guaranteed prizes of $7.00 and $5.00, respectively. The calculation of pari-mutuel prize categories 2 through 5 shall be rounded down so those prizes can be paid in multiples of whole dollars. Each prize category breakage will carry forward to the next drawing for each respective prize category. [ No prize amount shall be less than $5.00. ] The prize amounts , except the First prize (jackpot), are based on the total amount in the prize category for that Texas Two Step drawing distributed equally over the number of matching combinations in each prize category.

Figure: 16 TAC §401.312(e)(1)

(2) Prize pool. The prize pool for Texas Two Step prizes shall be a minimum of 50% of Texas Two Step sales.

(3) Prize categories.

(A) First prize (jackpot) - The prize winner's share of the first prize or advertised jackpot is won by matching all four numbers drawn (in any order) from the first field of 35 numbers in addition to matching the number drawn from the second field of 35 numbers. The jackpot share (prize amount) shall be calculated by dividing the advertised jackpot [ prize category contributions ] by the number of shares for the prize category. Each first prize or jackpot share will be paid in one lump sum payment. The first prize or jackpot share of $600 to $999,999 [ $300,000 ] must be claimed at a commission claim center. First prize or jackpot share of $1,000,000 [ $300,001 ] or larger must be claimed at the commission headquarters in Austin. The advertised jackpot is determined by the indirect prize category and by estimating the direct prize category. The total prize category contribution for a drawing will include the following.

(i) The direct prize category contribution may [ shall ] be 45.56% of the prize pool for the drawing.

(ii) The indirect prize category contribution, which may be increased by the executive director, will include the roll-over from the previous drawing, if any.

(iii) The commission will pay the advertised jackpot amount for Texas Two Step. If the direct and indirect prize category contributions are greater than the advertised jackpot amount, the difference will be added to the Texas Two Step prize reserve fund [ carry forward to the next drawing for the first prize or jackpot prize category ] and will be used for future Texas Two Step jackpot prizes. If the direct and indirect prize category contributions are less than the advertised jackpot amount, the difference will be taken from the Texas Two Step prize reserve fund to fund the advertised jackpot amount.

(B) Second Prize. The prize amount shall be calculated by dividing the prize category contributions by the number of shares for the prize category. A share is the matching combination, in one play, of all four numbers drawn (in any order) from the first field of 35 numbers in addition to matching zero numbers from the second field of 35 numbers drawn by the commission. The total prize category contribution will include the following.

(i) The direct prize category contribution shall be 5.57% of the prize pool for the drawing.

(ii) The indirect prize category contribution, which may be increased by the executive director, will include the breakage from the previous drawing, if any.

(C) Third prize. The prize amount shall be calculated by dividing the prize category contributions by the number of shares for the prize category. A share is the matching combination, in one play, of three of four numbers drawn (in any order) from the first field of 35 numbers in addition to matching the number from the second field of 35 numbers drawn by the commission. The total prize category contribution will include the following.

(i) The direct prize category contribution shall be 0.68% of the prize pool for the drawing.

(ii) The indirect prize category contribution, which may be increased by the executive director, will include the breakage from the previous drawing, if any.

(D) Fourth prize. The prize amount shall be calculated by dividing the prize category contributions by the number of shares for the prize category. A share is the matching combination, in one play, of three of four numbers drawn (in any order) from the first field of 35 numbers in addition to matching zero numbers from the second field of 35 numbers drawn by the commission. The total prize category contribution will include the following.

(i) The direct prize category contribution shall be 9.20% of the prize pool for the drawing.

(ii) The indirect prize category contribution, which may be increased by the executive director, will include the breakage from the previous drawing, if any.

(E) Fifth prize. The prize amount shall be calculated by dividing the prize category contributions by the number of shares for the prize category. A share is the matching combination, in one play, of two of four numbers drawn (in any order) from the first field of 35 numbers in addition to matching the number from the second field of 35 numbers drawn by the commission. The total prize category contribution will include the following.

(i) The direct prize category contribution shall be 6.09% of the prize pool for the drawing.

(ii) The indirect prize category contribution, which may be increased by the executive director, will include the breakage from the previous drawing, if any.

(F) Sixth prize. The prize amount is a guaranteed minimum $7.00. The difference between the prizes won and the direct prize contribution will increase or decrease the prize reserve fund. The total prize category contribution will include the direct prize category contribution of 13.73% of the prize pool for the drawing.

(G) Seventh prize. The prize amount is a guaranteed minimum $5.00. The difference between the prizes won and the direct prize contribution will increase or decrease the prize reserve fund. The total prize category contribution will include the direct prize category contribution of 17.17% of the prize pool for the drawing.

(4) Prize reserve fund.

(A) The Texas Two Step prize reserve fund is 2.0% of the prize pool.

(B) The Texas Two Step prize reserve fund may be increased or decreased by the difference between the first prize category's (advertised jackpot) , sixth[ , ] and seventh prize category [ actual ] prizes that are actually won and the respective [ that ] prize category's share of the prize pool. The Texas Two Step prize reserve fund may be used only for the Texas Two Step game.

(f) Ticket purchases.

(1) Texas Two Step tickets may be purchased only at a licensed location from a commission retailer authorized by the lottery director to sell on-line tickets.

(2) Texas Two Step tickets shall show the player's selection of numbers or Quick Pick (QP) numbers, boards played, drawing date(s) and validation and reference numbers.

(3) 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. A ticket is a bearer instrument until signed.

(4) Except as provided in subsection (d)(2) of this section, Texas Two Step tickets must be purchased using official Texas Two Step playslips. Playslips which have been mechanically completed are not valid. Texas Two Step tickets must be printed on official Texas Lottery paper stock and purchased at a licensed location through an authorized commission retailer's on-line terminal.

(g) Drawings.

(1) The Texas Two Step drawings shall be held each week on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 9:59 p.m. Central Time except that the drawing schedule may be changed by the executive director, if necessary.

(2) Texas Two Step tickets will not be sold during the draw break for the Texas Two Step game on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

(3) The drawings will be conducted by commission officials.

(4) Each drawing shall determine, at random, five winning numbers in accordance with Texas Two Step drawing procedures. Any numbers drawn are not declared winning numbers until the drawing is certified by the commission in accordance with the drawing procedures. The winning numbers shall be used in determining all Texas Two Step winners for that drawing.

(5) Each drawing shall be witnessed by an independent certified public accountant. All drawing equipment used shall be examined by at least one commission security representative, the drawing supervisor, and the independent certified public accountant immediately prior to a drawing and immediately after the drawing.

(6) A drawing will not be invalidated based on the financial liability of the commission.

(h) 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(s).

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 December 10, 2001.

TRD-200107712

Kimberly L. Kiplin
General Counsel
Texas Lottery Commission

Earliest possible date of adoption: January 20, 2002

For further information, please call: (512) 344-5113

 

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