How to Play in Texas

The Texas Lottery offers a host of exciting games. You can buy tickets yourself from a licensed retailer in the Lone Star State, or use a lottery courier to purchase them on your behalf.

If you use a messenger service, the cut-off time is likely to be earlier than the Texas Lottery’s own draw break so that the agent has time to buy your tickets. It still means you can just pick your numbers from home, plus there’s the security of having a copy of your numbers stored online.

Learn more below about how to play Powerball in Texas and how to play Mega Millions in Texas.


Powerball offers jackpots of at least $20 million every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday night. The grand prize can be worth far more as it grows every time there is no winner.

The Texas Lottery has a draw break between 9:00 and 10:15 p.m. CT on draw nights when you cannot purchase tickets. Here is a step-by-step guide to playing.

If you play through a lottery messenger, they will take your selections and buy your ticket for you, before uploading a scanned copy to your account as proof of purchase.

To win a payout, all you need to do is match the Powerball on its own. There are a total of nine prize categories as you get more numbers correct. To win the jackpot, you must match all six numbers.

Monday's Est. Powerball Jackpot:

$102 Million

Mega Millions

Mega Millions has two drawings a week - on Tuesday and Friday night. If you’re playing through a retailer, ticket sales are suspended at 9:45 p.m. CT and resume at 10:15 p.m. You don’t have to go to a retail store yourself, though, as lottery couriers offer this service for you. Al you need to do is specify how you want to play.

The overall odds of winning a Mega Millions prize are 1 in 24. Match the Mega Ball on its own to get $2, or receive a larger prize for getting more numbers correct.

Tuesday's Est. Mega Millions Jackpot:

$279 Million

Claiming Prizes

It’s easy to claim a prize if you win in Texas. If you’ve played through a courier service, you will be instantly notified and the money will be transferred to your online account in the majority of cases. For larger amounts, the messenger company will guide you through what to do so that you can claim from the Texas Lottery directly.

For prizes of $600 or more, the Texas Lottery encourages winners to send in their tickets by mail or go to a claim center. The lottery’s headquarters is located in Austin.

The Texas Lottery

The Texas Lottery has raised more than $37 billion for education and veterans since 1992, with ticket sales going from strength to strength since it started offering Mega Millions in 2003 and then Powerball in 2010.

You can stay anonymous if you claim a jackpot in Texas, and the biggest single win in the state went to a Mega Millions player who did just that. The lucky ticket holder, from Leander in Austin, won $225 million in September 2019 and kept their identity private. Texans haven’t had as much success on Powerball yet, but someone from the state did land a third of a jackpot worth $564 million in February 2015.