POSTED: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 6:32pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:06am
HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas Lottery Commission has taken a step
toward adding Powerball to its roster of games.
The commission voted 3-0 today to publish a Powerball game rule
to solicit public comment. The deadline for comments is 30 days
after publication in the Texas Register.
Like the Mega Millions game the Lottery Commission already
offers, Powerball is a multi-state game known for its lush
Lottery Deputy Executive Director Gary Grief estimates the
addition of Powerball would bring in an extra $35 million annually
for the state Foundation School Fund.
The panel has been discussing adding Powerball to Mega Millions
and the Texas lottery's other offerings since 2003.
The largest advertised Powerball jackpot ever was $365 million
in 2006. The largest Mega Million jackpot was $370 million in March