Unlike a sweepstakes, a lottery is a promotional device by which items of value (prizes) are awarded to members of the public by chance—but some form of payment is required to participate. Lotteries are illegal, except when conducted by states and certain exempt charitable organizations. If you believe you have received a solicitation characterized as a sweepstakes that is in fact an illegal lottery, you should contact your local Post Office or state Attorney General’s consumer protection office.

State Statutes for the State of Texas

Federal Statutes

How Does Lottery Law Impact Your Winnings?
while the money won in lotteries can certainly open many of those doors, winning big also brings a new set of challenges. Today, we’ll take a look at lottery law and what you need to know if your numbers ever come up.