Lottery Lies: Commission Confesses

AUSTIN (AP) - Lottery officials admitted today that they knew ticket sales would not cover an advertised eight (m) million dollar Lotto Texas jackpot this month, saying they used the higher number to keep players interested in the game.

The Texas Lottery Commission set an estimated jackpot for the June Eighth Lotto Texas drawing even though staff reports estimated sales could only cover six-point-five (m) million dollars. That's what Product Manager Robert Tirloni told commissioners today.

The commission held the estimated jackpot at eight (m) million dollars for the June Eleventh drawing -- marking the first time in the game's history that a jackpot that hasn't been won hasn't increased.