AUSTIN -- The Texas Lottery Commission is ending several scratch-off games next month, even though more than $25 million in promised jackpots for those games have not been awarded or claimed by winners.
The Texas Lottery Web site still advertises nine prizes from $1 million to $5 million for its priciest scratch-off, a $50 ticket called the $130 Million Payout Bonanza. As of Thursday, only three of the nine jackpots had been claimed by winners.
Another $50 game, the $130 Million Spectacular, was the state's first $50 game and became the nation's priciest ticket when it was rolled out in 2007. It, too, is ending next month with only $10 million of its $21 million in top prizes doled out to winners.
A year ago, a study by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News found that most $130 Million Spectacular tickets were sold in middle-income neighborhoods and not in the affluent areas originally touted as the game's target. At the time, officials with the lottery - which generates money for public schools - said the two $50 ticket games combined had raised $158 million in revenue for the state.
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