$17.5 Million Lotto Texas Jackpot Claimed

Saturday February 1st 2020

A Laredo resident has claimed the $17.5 million Lotto Texas jackpot prize from the January 15, 2020 drawing. The winner has opted to remain anonymous.

The prize was the first Lotto Texas jackpot win of the year. The Quick Pick ticket matched all six numbers in the January 15 draw: 16, 34, 38, 40, 49 and 54. The ticket was sold by Stripes Store 40922H, at 5301 McPherson Road in Laredo.

The player chose the cash lump sum option when they bought the ticket, so they will collect a payout of $13,349,448.78 before taxes. The tax withholding rate in Texas is 24 percent, less the wager amount, for US citizens or residents.

Texas is one of just a few states that lets winners stay anonymous, although a trend towards greater privacy has seen more states pass anonymity laws recently.

The jackpot had been rolling since it was last won on September 25, 2019, when a lucky player from Baytown hit the $23.75 million top prize with a ticket purchased in Montgomery. The winner, who chose to keep their identity private, opted for a cash lump sum of $18,067,668.07.

Lotto Texas draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:12 pm CT. Ticket sales are closed between 10:02 pm and 10:15 pm. During the draw, six numbers from 1-54 are randomly chosen. Jackpots start at a minimum $5 million and roll over until someone wins. For an additional $1 per play, players can add the Extra! feature for the chance to win up to $10,000 more on all prizes except the jackpot.

The biggest Lotto Texas jackpot ever won was $75 million on October 4, 2004. The game's lucky 500th joint winners chose to stay anonymous and the prize was claimed by Panjo Investments, Ltd and Tremarcor, LLC. The winners opted for the cash option of $45,014,921.84 before taxes.

Texas players had a successful January - a Plano resident won a $2 million Powerball prize and an El Paso player hit $1 million on Powerball. Tickets in Edinburg, Houston and Pearsall each rounded up $1 million on scratch games. All the winners stayed anonymous.

In fact, data from the Texas Lottery shows that historically, January is the month when the largest number of prizes of $5,000 and above have been claimed. January 14 is the date Texans have claimed the most prizes over the years - 67. Over 55 percent of all prizes were claimed during the first six months of the year. At the other end of the spectrum, November has 40 percent fewer claims than January.

Since it began in 1992, the Texas Lottery has lassoed more than $30 billion for good causes in the state, and players have claimed $62 billion in prizes. Since 1997, the Lottery has given $24.4 billion to education, and since 2009 it has contributed more than $126 million to veterans' programs.

There's a $6 million jackpot ($4.55 million cash value) for the next Lotto Texas draw on Saturday, February 1, so pick up your tickets now to be in with a chance to win.

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