AUSTIN -- The Texas Lottery lives on.
In a stunning move Tuesday morning, state lawmakers voted against reauthorizing the Texas Lottery Commission.
Then, less than three hours later, lawmakers brought it back to life, voting to reauthorize it.
That was good news for Rozell Hudson, who plays the game regularly.
“It’s a working man’s dream,” said Hudson. “It’s everybody's dream for someone to call that winning number -- their lucky number.”
But one man's dream was another lawmaker’s nightmare.
Rep. Scott Sanford (R-McKinney) led the opposition to the lottery.
“I believe it’s an immoral tax,” McKinney said. “It’s a predatory tax because the people who play it the most are the people who make the least.”
But lottery players KHOU 11 News spoke with Tuesday evening said the lotto is a good way to raise more than a billion dollars in tax revenue.
“I'd rather do it this way than have property taxes,” Pam Lang said.
“If the state doesn't want to get the money, they're cheating themselves in my opinion,” said Hudson.
Mattie Fletcher doesn't play, but doesn't mind if others do.
“It’s up to them. Whatever they want to do is up to them,” said Fletcher. “Why don’t I play? Because I don't think I’ll win. The odds are very small.”
The early defeat of the lottery commission appeared to be a surprise to everyone, including its legislative opponents.
Lawmakers met privately and came up with this bottom line, according to Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) who authored the bill to reauthorize the lotto commission.
“We could eliminate the lottery and simply raise taxes or cut public schools by another $2.2. billion on top of the $5.4 billion from last session or we could keep the lottery,” Anchia said.
In the end, lawmakers voted again to kept the Texas Lottery Commission.