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State lottery lives on in Texas House -- but barely
By WILL WEISSERT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Turns out the survival of the Texas Lottery had better odds than its games. But just barely.
A Wednesday vote in the House to disband the lottery in four years garnered 94 votes -- just six short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval.
The failed measure would have shut down the lottery in 2017, but not affected charitable bingo.
Instead, the body sent a measure reauthorizing the Lottery Commission through 2025 on to the Texas Senate.
The drama came a day after the House surprisingly voted not to reauthorize the Lottery Commission, effectively killing the lottery over the next 12 months. It later reconsidered.
The bill's sponsor, Dallas Democratic Rep. Rafael Anchia, said the experience gave him "an appreciation for the heartfelt misgivings for the lottery in this body."