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TITLE 16ECONOMIC REGULATION
PART 9TEXAS LOTTERY COMMISSION
CHAPTER 401ADMINISTRATION OF STATE LOTTERY ACT
SUBCHAPTER DLOTTERY GAME RULES
RULE §401.317"Powerball®" On-Line Game Rule

(a) Powerball. Powerball is a Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) on-line game offered by all Lotteries that have agreed to MUSL's Powerball Group Rules. "Powerball" is authorized to be conducted by the executive director under the conditions of the MUSL rules, the laws of the State of Texas, this section, and under such further instructions, directives, and procedures as the executive director may issue in furtherance thereof. In this regard, the executive director is authorized to issue such further instructions and directives as may be necessary to conform the conduct and play of Powerball to the requirements of the MUSL rules if, in the opinion of the executive director, such instructions, directives, and procedures are in conformance with state law. If a conflict arises between this section and §401.304 of this chapter (relating to On-Line Game Rules (General)), this section shall have precedence. The purpose of the Powerball game is the generation of revenue for MUSL Party Lottery members and Mega Millions Party Lotteries participating under the Reciprocal Game Agreement, through the operation of a specially designed multi-jurisdiction lottery game that will award prizes to ticket holders matching specified combinations of numbers randomly selected in regularly scheduled drawings. In addition to other applicable rules contained in Chapter 401, this section and definitions apply unless the context requires a different meaning or is otherwise inconsistent with the intention of the rules adopted by the MUSL or the MUSL Powerball Group. To be clear, the authority to participate in the MUSL Powerball game is provided to the Texas Lottery by MUSL. The conduct and play of Powerball must conform to the MUSL Powerball game.

(b) Definitions.

  (1) "Agent" or "retailer" means a person or entity authorized by the Texas Lottery Commission (TLC) to sell lottery Plays.

  (2) A "Drawing" refers collectively to the formal draw event for randomly selecting the winning numbers which determine the number of winners for each prize level of the Powerball game and the Power Play multiplier.

  (3) "Game board", "board", "panel", or "playboard" means that area of the playslip which contains two sets of numbered squares to be marked by the player.

  (4) "Game ticket" or "ticket" means an acceptable evidence of Play, which is a ticket produced in a manner that meets the specifications defined in the MUSL rules or the rules of each member or participating Selling Lottery (Ticket Validation), and is a physical representation of the Play or Plays sold to the player.

  (5) "MUSL" means the Multi-State Lottery Association, a government-benefit association wholly owned and operated by the MUSL Party Lotteries.

  (6) "MUSL Board" means the governing body of the MUSL, which is comprised of the chief executive officer of each Party Lottery. "MUSL Finance and Audit Committee" shall mean the committee of that name established by the MUSL Board.

  (7) "MUSL Annuity Factor" shall mean the annuity factor as determined by the MUSL central office through a method approved by the MUSL Finance and Audit Committee and which is used as described in this rule.

  (8) "Party Lottery" means a state lottery or lottery of a political subdivision or entity that has joined MUSL and is authorized to sell the Powerball game. "Licensee Lottery" shall mean a state lottery or lottery of a governmental unit, political subdivision, or entity thereof that is not a Party Lottery but has agreed to comply with all applicable MUSL and Product Group requirements and has been authorized by the MUSL and by the Powerball Product Group to sell the Powerball game. "Selling Lottery" or "Participating Lottery" shall mean a lottery authorized by the Product Group to sell Powerball Plays, including Party Lotteries and Licensee Lotteries.

  (9) "Play" means the six (6) numbers, the first five (5) from a field of sixty-nine (69) numbers and the last one (1) from a field of twenty-six (26) numbers, that appear on a ticket as a single lettered selection and are to be played by a player in the Powerball game.

  (10) "Playslip" means an optically readable card issued by the Texas Lottery used by players of Powerball to select Plays and to elect all features. There shall be five playboards on each playslip. A playslip has no pecuniary value and shall not constitute evidence of ticket purchase or of numbers selected.

  (11) "Powerball Group" or "Product Group" means the MUSL member group of lotteries which have joined together to offer the Powerball product pursuant to the terms of the Multi-State Lottery Agreement and the Powerball Group's rules, including the MUSL Powerball Drawing Procedures. In this rule, wherever either term is used it is referring to the MUSL Powerball Group.

  (12) "Prize" means an amount paid to a person or entity holding a winning ticket. "Grand Prize" shall refer to the top prize in the Powerball game. "Advertised Grand Prize" shall mean the estimated annuitized Grand Prize amount as determined by the MUSL Central Office by use of the MUSL Annuity Factor and communicated through the Selling Lotteries prior to the Grand Prize Drawing. The "Advertised Grand Prize" is not a guaranteed prize amount and the actual Grand Prize amount may vary from the advertised amount.

  (13) "Set Prize" or "low-tier prize" means all other prizes, except the Grand Prize, and, except in instances outlined in this section, will be equal to the prize amount established by the Product Group for the prize level.

  (14) "Terminal" means a device authorized by a Selling Lottery to function in an on-line, interactive mode with the gaming computer system for the purpose of issuing lottery tickets and entering, receiving, and processing lottery transactions, including purchases, validating tickets, and transmitting reports.

  (15) "Winning Numbers" means the numbers randomly selected during a Drawing event which shall be used to determine the winning Plays for the Powerball game contained on a game ticket.

(c) Game Description.

  (1) Powerball is a five (5) out of sixty-nine (69) plus one (1) out of twenty-six (26) numbers lottery game drawn every Wednesday and Saturday, as part of the Powerball Drawing event, which pays the Grand Prize, at the election of the player made in accordance with this rule, or by a default election made in accordance with this rule, either on an annuitized pari-mutuel basis or as a single lump sum payment of the total funding held in the Grand Prize Pool for the winning drawing on a pari-mutuel basis. Except as provided in this section, all other prizes are paid on a single payment basis. Powerball Winning Numbers applicable to determine Powerball prizes will be determined in the Powerball Drawing event. To play Powerball, a player shall select five (5) different numbers, from one (1) through sixty-nine (69) and one (1) additional number from one (1) through twenty-six (26), or request the retailer to generate a Quick Pick selection of numbers from the lottery terminal. The additional number may be the same as one of the first five numbers selected by the player. Plays can be purchased for two dollars (U.S. $2.00), including any specific statutorily-mandated tax of a Selling Lottery to be included in the price of a Play. Plays may be purchased from a Selling Lottery approved sales outlet in a manner as approved by the Selling Lottery and in accordance with MUSL Rules. The Drawing Procedures adopted by MUSL shall include procedures for randomly selecting the Powerball game Winning Numbers and the Power Play multiplier.

  (2) Claims. A ticket shall be the only proof of a game Play or Plays and is subject to the validation requirements set forth in subsection (g) of this section. The submission of a winning ticket to the issuing Selling Lottery or its authorized agent shall be the sole method of claiming a prize or prizes. A playslip has no pecuniary or prize value and shall not constitute evidence of Play purchase or of numbers selected. A terminal-produced paper receipt has no pecuniary or prize value and shall not constitute evidence of Play purchase or of numbers selected.

  (3) Cancellations Prohibited. A Play may not be voided or canceled by returning the ticket to the selling agent or to the lottery, including tickets that are printed in error. A Selling Lottery may develop an approved method of compensating retailers for Plays that are not transferred to a player for a reason acceptable to the Selling Lottery. No Play that is eligible for a prize can be returned to the lottery for credit. Plays accepted by retailers as returned Plays and which cannot be re-sold shall be deemed owned by the bearer thereof.

  (4) Player Responsibility. It shall be the sole responsibility of the player to verify the accuracy of the game Play or Plays and other data printed on the ticket. The placing of Plays is done at the player's own risk through the licensed sales agent who is acting on behalf of the player in entering the Play or Plays.

  (5) Entry of Plays. Plays may only be entered manually using the lottery retailer terminal touch screen or by means of a playslip provided by the Texas Lottery and hand-marked by the player or by such other means approved by the Texas Lottery. Retailers shall not permit the use of facsimiles of playslips, copies of playslips, or other materials that are inserted into the terminal's playslip reader that are not printed or approved by the Texas Lottery. Retailers shall not permit any device to be connected to a lottery terminal to enter Plays, except as approved by the Texas Lottery. A ticket generated using a selection method that is not approved by the Texas Lottery is not valid. A selection of numbers for a Play may be made only if the request is made in person. Acceptable methods of Play selection include:

    (A) using a self-service terminal;

    (B) using a playslip;

    (C) using a previously-generated "Powerball" ticket provided by the player;

    (D) requesting a retailer to use a Quick Pick to select numbers;

    (E) requesting a retailer to manually enter numbers; or

    (F) using a QR code generated through a Texas Lottery Mobile Application offered and approved by the Texas Lottery.

  (6) Subscription sales. A subscription sales program may be offered, at the discretion of the executive director.

(d) Powerball Prize Pool.

  (1) Powerball Prize Pool.

    (A) The prize pool for all prize categories shall consist of fifty percent (50%) of each Drawing period's sales, inclusive of any specific statutorily-mandated tax of a Selling Lottery to be included in the price of a Play, and including contributions to the prize pool accounts and prize reserve accounts.

    (B) Powerball Prize Pool Accounts and Prize Reserve Accounts. The Product Group shall set the contribution rates to the prize pool and to one or more prize reserve or pool accounts established by the MUSL Powerball Group Rules.

      (i) Prize Reserve Accounts. The Product Group has established the following prize reserve accounts for the Powerball game: the Powerball Prize Reserve Account (PRA), which is used to guarantee the payment of valid, but unanticipated, Grand Prize claims that may result from a system error or other reason; and the Powerball Set Prize Reserve Account (SPRA), which is used to fund deficiencies in low-tier Powerball prize payments, subject to the limitations of the MUSL rules.

      (ii) Prize Pool Accounts. The Product Group has established the following prize pool accounts for the Powerball game: the Grand Prize Pool, which is used to fund the current Grand Prize; the Powerball Set Prize Pool, which is used to fund the Powerball Set Prizes; the Powerball Set-Aside Pool, which is used to fund the payment of the awarded minimum starting annuity Grand Prizes and minimum annuity Grand Prize increase, if necessary (subject to the limitations in the MUSL Powerball Group Rules), as may be set by the Product Group; and the Grand Prize Carry Forward Pool (GPCFP), which is used to fund the starting minimum annuity Grand Prize, as may be set by the Product Group, if such funds are available, and if sales do not fund the Grand Prize. The Power Play Prize Pool is described in subsection (k)(4) of this section. The Powerball Set Prize Pool shall hold the temporary balances that may result from having fewer than expected winners in the Powerball Set Prize (aka low-tier prize) categories and the source of the Powerball Set Prize Pool is the Party Lottery's weekly prize contributions less actual Powerball Set Prize liability.

      (iii) The above prize reserve accounts, the GPCFP and the Set-Aside Pool shall have maximum balance amounts or balance limiter triggers that are set by the Product Group and are detailed in the Comments to the MUSL Rule. The maximum balance amounts and balance limiter triggers are subject to review by the MUSL Board Finance and Audit Committee. The Finance and Audit Committee shall have two weeks to state objections, if any, to the approved maximum balance amounts or balance limiter triggers. Approved maximum balance amounts or balance limiter triggers shall become effective no sooner than two weeks after notice is given to the Finance and Audit Committee and no objection is stated or sooner if the Committee affirmatively approves the maximum balance amounts or balance limiter triggers. The Group may appeal the Committee's objections to the full Board. Group approved changes in the maximum balance amounts or balance limiter triggers set by the Product Group shall be effective only after the next Grand Prize win.

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