The Texas lottery just isn't enough for some people in the Lone Star State.

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If you've been waiting to place your bet on something other than Powerball in Texas, next year may finally be your time.

Legalized Sports Betting in Texas

Experts are saying that sports betting in Texas could be legalized as soon as 2023, according to Even though previous efforts have failed, Democrat Beto O'Rourke has said if elected governor, he will support making mobile sports betting legal in Texas.

Sports betting is legal in a majority of areas across the country, and O’Rourke said Texas is losing out on billions of dollars in revenues going to other states, since residents are crossing state lines for casino gambling and sports betting.

Who Wants Legalized Gambling in Texas?

For over 10 years, State Sen. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) has been pushing for casino gambling in Texas. According to NBCDFW, Alvarado has been trying to get the issue on the ballot for voters to decide since 2009. She says it would generate money and jobs for the state. Expanding gambling requires a constitutional amendment, which has to be approved by a majority of Texas voters.

In 2017, Attorney General Ken Paxton stated that wagering on Daily Fantasy Sports contests was illegal under state law. In the meantime, the provision of DFS has remained something of a grey area in Texas, according to the New York Post.

How Can Sports Betting Become Legal in Texas?

Texas sports betting is not yet legalized, although there was a big push to change the law last year. The only way to make it happen is by changing the law, and since the Texas legislative session only occurs in odd years, the next push can't happen until 2023.

How would YOU vote?

Read More: Is Legal Gambling Coming to Texas? Lawmakers Want to Roll Dice

Bet You Didn't Know: 10 Bizarre Texas Laws Still on the Books

Many states still have strange laws on the books that aren’t enforced or taken seriously anymore, and Texas is no exception.

Most of these laws are just funny now, but at one time, there was a valid (or at least somewhat valid) reason for them to exist.

Texas has plenty of strange rules and regulations that you could technically be prosecuted for if you violate them, since they've never been amended. Some of these are only for specific cities and not state-wide, but all of them are pretty odd!

Let's take a look at 10 of the weirdest ones in the Lone Star State.

Hook ‘Em! 7 Celebrity Graduates From University of Texas at Austin

When you think of the University of Texas at Austin, what comes to your mind first? Is it celebrities? Of course, some celebrities are more vocal than others about their alma mater. Matthew McConaughey lets everyone know where he came from, so no surprises there. The actor is also a Professor of Practice at the university's Moody College of Communication, and graduated in 1993 with a Radio/TV/Film degree from UTA.

Aside from McConaughey, you might be surprised at some of the famous people who picked up a degree in the Lone Star State's capital city.

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