House reauthorizes Texas Lottery Commission

Move would have cost state $2 billion

Published On: Apr 23 2013 08:32:19 PM CDT
AUSTIN, Texas -

The Texas Lottery Commission won't be abolished after all.

Undoing a stunning earlier vote that jeopardized the lottery, the House on Tuesday reversed itself and reauthorized the Lottery Commission.

Lawmakers had voted not to reauthorize the commission through September 2025 -- potentially costing the state more than $2 billion in lottery revenue.

During a subsequent lunch recess, however, lawmakers were urged to reconsider by party leadership.

They eventually did, and the commission was reauthorized on a second vote. Without reauthorization, the commission would have wound down and ceased to exist by September 2014.

The state budget already under consideration in the Legislature has factored in $1.04 billion annually to public schools from the lottery.

If that had disappeared, it would have created a deficit lawmakers would have had to fill.