Q: A large part of lottery proceeds go to support scholarships and grants for
S.C. residents. How do I apply for these scholarships and grants?
A: The S.C. General Assembly is responsible for the
criteria set forth for scholarship eligibility. The financial aid office
at your school (either the one you currently attend or the one you are applying
to) will be able to help you apply for lottery-funded
scholarships and grants. Click here for scholarship eligibility requirements provided by the Commission on Higher Education.
Q: How much money from lottery sales actually goes to support education?
A: For the fiscal year 2014-15, 24.44 percent of every dollar earned was
transferred to the Education Lottery Account for the General Assembly to
appropriate to support education programs for students of all ages in South Carolina.
Q: Who makes the decisions on how lottery net proceeds are
A: The S.C. General Assembly makes all decisions on how the lottery net proceeds are appropriated. Check the Executive Budget Office, Department of Administration's
website for information on appropriations of lottery funds.
Q: If the Lottery is doing so well, why are property taxes for schools
increasing and schoolchildren not provided with basic classroom supplies?
A: Lottery proceeds are to supplement
public education and not to replace revenues raised by local governments for educational
Q: How much lottery money has my county received?
A: All public schools and county libraries
receive appropriations from lottery funding. The distribution formula is
set by the General Assembly. Click here for
This information is updated annually by the Commission on Higher Education, Tuition Grant Commission, State Department of Education, and the State Library System (for the years the Library receives appropriations).
Q: How much is spent on advertising?
A: State law permits SCEL to spend up to 1 percent of
gross lottery sales for the purpose of advertising. We have a conservative management philosophy and work to create marketing campaigns that respect the viewpoints
of all our citizens. The Lottery should be viewed as a vehicle to provide
entertainment options to adults. Advertising content then generally falls
into three distinct categories: product specific, jackpot awareness, and
educational program funding. The end result is SCEL’s marketing message
to potential players invites possible play if: the individual is of age
(at least 18 years old), is looking to be entertained, and uses discretionary
income to play.
Q: What programs at my child’s school are supported using the lottery funds?
A: The S.C. Lottery Act states that lottery funds must be used as new funds to create new programs and opportunities and may not be used to replace funding that already exists. For a listing of programs that are funded by lottery dollars, please visit the Executive Budget Office, Department of Administration's chart of Education Lottery Appropriations.
Q: Are there websites available for additional information?
A: For more information on scholarship assistance or
“Where the Money Goes,” please visit:
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (scholarships and grants) at www.che.sc.gov.
South Carolina Department of Education (K-12) at www.ed.sc.gov.
South Carolina Technical College System (technical and 2-year colleges) at www.sctechsystem.com.
South Carolina Tuition Grants Commission at www.sctuitiongrants.org