In 1991 legislation was introduced to create the Texas State Lottery. It was until almost a year later before the Texas Lottery was actually launched and was 47 days ahead of schedule. House Bill 54 had to be signed by the Governor at a special session of the 72nd Legislature but the Lottery Act required the voters approval before taking effect. Texas votes approved the Lottery by a two to one vote on November 5th 1991.
In the first 24 hours, Texans buy 23.2 million worth of tickets setting a world record for first-day sales. The cost of the Lottery's start-up with interest was earned back during the first three hours of ticket sales. Another record set was during the first week of sales in which 102.4 million tickets were sold. On November 7th, 1992 the first sales of Lotto Texas begins, eight weeks ahead of schedule. Seven months after it\s start-up Texas Lottery sales exceed $1 billion.