Rick Perry has adopted a more behind-the-scenes approach this time around. That doesn't mean he hasn't been busy.
The Alabama-Coushatta want their casino back. The Texas horse tracks say betting on races isn’t enough. Both see expanded gambling in the state as their ticket to solvency.
Cathie Adams knows where she stands on slots. She's done the research. She's conducted the interviews. She's seen what can happen when someone finds their way to the bright, baubly machines from which casinos get a heft of their income. "They're called the crack cocaine of gambling," Adams, preside ... More >>
We were kind of amazed to read that the NAACP's Dallas chapter wants to shut down the Texas lottery, mostly because we didn't realize all the other racial injustices on the To Do list had already been checked off. "People oftentimes make decisions not in their best interests," Chapter President Ju ... More >>
A quirky roadside motel from America's golden age of highway travel was the scene of a good-sized cocaine bust late last month. According to the Wharton Journal-Spectator, Wharton County Sheriff's deputies raided teepee number ten at the Tee Pee Motel on March 27. Inside they found 48 grams of coc ... More >>
Step right up.In these tough economic times, there's no greater financial plan than putting your money into a game where the odds of winning are relatively microscopic. Right? Apparently that's what a lot of Texans think: This year, for the first time in ten years, there has been an increas ... More >>
You know what's a great way to celebrate the day before Christmas Eve? Cashing in a million-dollar scratch-off lottery ticket. That's what Houstonian Alvin R. Heggs did, the Texas Lottery announced today. Heggs bought the ticket at a Shop N Go at 1999 FM 1960 West Rd. It was part of the Merry Mil ... More >>
Has the lottery been played?You may remember Joan Ginther, the woman who's racked up four Texas Lottery million-dollar-plus wins over the years. The lottery said she had just gotten lucky, but now one expert thinks she might have figured out how to game the system in a completely legal way. ... More >>
You don't want to know what's under thereThe Texas Lottery announced a new Houston Texans scratch-off game today, with lots of second-chance prizes like "Autographed authentice Texans jersey from a Texans star player."Scratch-off games can be cruel. Especially when you're dealing with the Texans. ... More >>
You can stop playing the lottery now, ladyWe're not the biggest lottery fans in the world (tax on the mathematically illiterate and all that), but if we had Joan Ginther's luck maybe we'd change our mind.Last week Ginther traveled to Austin to pick up $10 million she won from some super ext ... More >>
A ticket worth a ton of money, if it's realSomeone bought a winning $76 million Texas Lottery ticket at an Alvin H-E-B last October. We know that much.Someone has submitted a ticket claiming it's the winning one. We know that too.Whether the claim is valid or not is still being investigated.Lotte ... More >>
Not coming to anywhere near you
Maybe money's tight for you these days so you play the lotto, maybe the Daily 4 game. Then you win and the payout is so much -- $600 -- you have to take the ticket to a claims office in Houston to get your check. That was Jesse Phillips's situation last week until a worker at the claims office took ... More >>
Admittedly, here at the Press we receive all kinds of stupid shit, especially from publicists. But seldom have we gotten a press release with less social merit and higher scuzz factor than this one from WMG (Warner Music Group), entitled "Screw The NCAA's...Welcome To the DIRTY TOURNEY!" I know rec ... More >>
All kinds of cuties are showing up
State officials say that Texas Lottery sales are slumping because the games are "boring." We couldn't agree more. If you possess the kind of sharp, brilliant, mathematically sophisticated mind that says "I'm buyin' lottery tickets!!", then you will quickly grow bored with the same-old, same-old. ... More >>
LEED certification is oddly expensive in Houston
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once again, we rece ... More >>
The El Orbits are still hoppin'
How taking a Parkinson's disease wonder drug apparently makes some people want to gamble and have sex all the time
Some HPD officers aren't so hot about safety
The Texas Lottery Commission brings the hammer down on the El Orbits' Monday-night institution
Chronicle staffers tout their stories on Channel 11
Less than two years after Billie Bob Harrell Jr. took the $31 million lottery jackpot, he took his own life
And other signs that Texas Monthly's brain trust doesn't have a neuron left
Lottery operator Gtech was especially kind to the political friends of Texas Comptroller John Sharp. But when supervision of the company was moved from Sharp's office, the party was over.