Texas Lottery Commission Joins Texas Amber Alert Network
On March 31, Governor Rick Perry attended a news conference to announce with
Executive Director Reagan E. Greer that the Texas Lottery Commission has joined the Texas Amber
Alert Network. Through this network, more than 15,800 lottery retailers statewide have become an
important part of the state’s efforts to help find abducted or missing children.
Governor Rick Perry created the Texas Amber Alert Network in August 2002 to
provide rapid notification of abducted child cases to the media and the public.
Here's how the Texas Lottery Commission will participate:
- When a local law enforcement agency has a report of a missing child, it can
activate the network with one call to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), which has been tasked
by Governor Perry with managing the statewide system.
- Once the DPS confirms that the network should be activated, a message is sent
to the Texas Lottery Operator's Control Room.
- Lottery Operator staff send a message to the lottery retailers' terminals.
- The retailers will print the alert on lottery ticket stock and post it on the
"Amber Alert Card," which is only displayed when an alert has been activated.
- Lottery retailers can quickly print additional copies of the alert from their
terminals and give them to customers to take with them.
Did you know?
The Texas Amber Alert Network was named after nine-year-old Amber Hagerman, who
disappeared from her Arlington neighborhood in 1996. A neighbor was able to give some details of
the car involved, but no system was in place to get that information to local residents quickly.
Amber's body was found four days later.
To learn more about the Texas Amber Alert Network, visit the
Office of the
Governor's Web site.