Our Core Values, Vision & Mission Statements
Our Core Values
Integrity and Responsibility — The Commission works hard to maintain the public trust by protecting and ensuring the security of our lottery games, systems, drawings and operational facilities. We value and require ethical behavior by our employees, licensees and vendors. We promote the integrity of charitable bingo in Texas for the benefit of charitable organizations.
Innovation — We strive to incorporate innovation into our products to provide the citizens of Texas with the best entertainment experience available through our products. We pursue the use of technology that enhances the services that we provide to our customers and reduces our operating expenses. All proposed innovations must be authorized by Texas law, and do not include video lottery, casino gaming, internet-based lottery sales, fantasy sports, or any other activities not authorized by law.
A Message from Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery Commission
A MESSAGE FROM GARY GRIEF, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TEXAS LOTTERY COMMISSION
Welcome to the Texas Lottery Website. I'm delighted you have taken the time to learn about the Texas Lottery and the important contributions that the Texas Lottery makes to public education and veterans' assistance in Texas.
When then-Gov. Ann Richards purchased the first Texas Lottery ticket on May 29, 1992, no one could have imagined that an $8 billion business had launched. But here we are. As the Texas Lottery celebrates “30 Years of Winning,” it is regarded as one of the most successful lotteries in the country – because of our staff, vendor partners, players and retailers, most of whom have served their communities tirelessly as “essential businesses” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through our robust scratch ticket and draw game methodologies – which are unparalleled in the lottery industry – along with a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication, the Texas Lottery enjoyed another record-breaking fiscal year in FY 2021, which ended on Aug. 31, 2021. For the first time, lottery sales eclipsed the $8 billion mark, shattering the previous record set in FY 2020 by more than $1.4 billion.
The past fiscal year also marked the 13th consecutive year that the Texas Lottery recorded sales growth from the previous year, including an 11th straight year that a new sales record was attained, with $8.107 billion in total sales. Scratch ticket sales alone reached a record $6.617 billion in sales. Boosted by a pair of dueling multi-state jackpots in January 2021, along with our highest in-state draw game sales since FY 2005, the Texas Lottery also generated a record $1.49 billion in total draw game sales in FY 2021. All of these record sales allowed for a total net contribution of $1.998 billion to Texas schools and veterans’ causes, also a new record.
Robert G. Rivera, Chairman
Robert G. Rivera of Dallas is a Director at FMSBonds, Inc. He previously served on the Arlington, Texas city council from 2005 to 2017, and he is a former chairman of the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau. He previously served as a board member for several non-profit & civic organizations, including YMCA; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; the Salvation Army; and the National Association of Latino Elected Officials.
Rivera received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Governor Greg Abbott appointed Rivera to the Texas Lottery Commission on August 10, 2015 for a term to expire on February 1, 2021. On July 21, 2020 Governor Abbott named Mr. Rivera as Chair of the Texas Lottery Commission.