Largest state lottery prize in 10 years up for grabs tonight

Posted at 1:31 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 14:34:36-04

AUSTIN, Texas — Get ready lottery players with one of the biggest jackpots in recent history in the Texas Two Step® jackpot available tonight.

After nine draws without a winner, the Texas Two Step® jackpot that started as a $200,000 prize for the drawing on July 15 has grown to an estimated $2.05 million prize for tonight's drawing.

It's the largest since 2009.

This is the third-largest Texas Two Step jackpot in history and only the fourth time the game has reached the $2 million threshold since the game started in 2001.

“It’s been more than 10 years since we have had a Texas Two Step jackpot this large,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission. “If a player matches all four numbers plus the bonus ball, they’ll be the biggest Texas Two Step winner in over a decade. We want to remind our players to play responsibly. It only takes one ticket to win.”

The last time Texas Two Step had a jackpot of more than $2 million was for the March 12, 2009 drawing when a $2.15 million prize was claimed by Thomas L. Raborn, of Crystal Lake, who purchased the winning ticket at Timewise #3001 in La Marque.

The largest Texas Two Step jackpot in game history was a $2.9 million prize for the April 27, 2006 drawing, which was shared by three individuals: Marechia A. Faggett, of Longview; Sukhjeet S. Sekhon, of Longview; and Roberto C. Fernandez, of San Antonio. Two winning tickets were sold at Cowboys in Longview and the third was purchased at Ben’s Ice and Food Store in San Antonio.

So far in 2019, there have been 21 Texas Two Step jackpot winners, including four that have won or shared a jackpot prize of $1.05 million or higher.

Texas Two Step jackpots start at $200,000, and the jackpot amount increases for the next drawing until there is a winner.

Players win the jackpot by matching all four of the white ball numbers (1-35) and one Bonus Ball number (1-35) to the numbers drawn.
The game features overall odds of one in 32.4, the lottery said.

Texas Two Step drawings are conducted on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:12 p.m. CT. Tickets must be purchased by 10:02 p.m. CT.