Texas Lottery Not Big Enough For Monday's Big Winner

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas lottery's unlucky streak continued Monday night.

Another player won the Texas Two Step's top prize before the jackpot could grow large enough to draw sales to pay for it.

For the second time in a week, lottery officials had to dip into a separate account to cover the $225,000 jackpot. This time, lottery spokesman Bobby Heith says the commission took about $60,000 from the agency's general account.

Besides the jackpot, lower-tier winners earned about $100,500 in prize money.

Heith says ticket sales are generally slow for a few drawings until the jackpot grows large enough to catch players' attention.

The lottery commission sold about $363,500 worth of Texas Two Step tickets for Monday night's drawing, but only half of that goes to the prize pool. Most of the rest is sent to the state to help pay for public schools, with a small portion going toward lottery administration and retailer commissions.

Heith says the shortfall won't reduce the amount of money sent to the state's Foundation School Fund.

Despite the shortfall, commission Controller Kathy Pyka says Texas Two Step sales are actually up five percent this year.