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5/12/2008 3:39:15 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (May 12, 2008) – The South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) has become the first Lottery verified on the Technical Standard established by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) for Extensible Markup Language (XML) Retail Accounting Reports. Verification was obtained on May 6 and will be valid until May 6, 2010.
SCEL’s verification follows the successful completion of a pilot project which was established by The Open Group, a project management and facilitation services company for standards development and certification.
"NASPL commends Ernie Passailaigue, Executive Director of the South Carolina Education Lottery, and his entire staff for obtaining this very important goal,” said Davie Gale, NASPL Executive Director. “This recognition is extremely important in the future growth of our industry. Once again, congratulations!"
“We’re honored to be recognized as a trailblazer in the lottery industry,” said Passailaigue. “This verification is another example of SCEL’s commitment to excellence.”
Standardizing Retail Accounting Reports in XML throughout the industry ensures lotteries and retailers alike are taking advantage of technology to improve efficiency and reduce costs. The result is more effective communication that will enhance efficiencies in all aspects of the trade.
NASPL represents 50 lottery organizations throughout North America, Mexico and the Caribbean. NASPL approved the creation of a standards initiative, which is dedicated to the adoption or creation of Technical Standards, Best Practices, and Certification Programs that will further the lottery objectives of integrity, security, interoperability, and profitability.
Since its inception in 2002, the South Carolina Education Lottery has launched more than 260 instant games and six online games. Currently, SCEL offers 39 instant games and five online games. SCEL produces an average of four new games each month in a variety of themes, play styles, and price points of $1-$10. During the past six years, the support the South Carolina Education Lottery has received from players and retailers is responsible for the General Assembly appropriating more than $1.74 billion for educational purposes through fiscal year 2008.

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