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5/15/2008 3:03:46 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (May 15, 2008) – The South Carolina Education Lottery’s (SCEL) Pick 3 players with a triple 9 combination in the May 14, 2008, midday drawing are celebrating! The numbers 9-9-9 were selected, with 2,855 tickets correctly matching the winning numbers to win $250. The total payout to players was $713,750. Ticket sales for the draw were $163,101.50 which means prizes were 438% of sales!
This isn’t the first time triple 9’s have been drawn in a Pick 3 drawing. It happened during the midday drawing on January 19, 2006. The payout was $629,000 for that drawing.
“The day before the drawing triple 9’s was the 9th most played Pick 3 number combination,” said David Barden, Director of Marketing and Product Development.
Players wanting to know how often their numbers are drawn can visit SCEL’s website, www.sceducationlottery.com, and click on the game icon of interest. Players can enter their numbers in the “Did my numbers ever win?” box to find out if and when their numbers were drawn.
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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