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7/10/2008 1:58:08 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (July 10, 2008) – Armed with a giant scraper, Walterloo resident, Candace Bouknight, couldn’t contain her excitement as she furiously scratched an oversized Summer Escape SM 2008 ticket. This was the moment Bouknight and four other finalists in the second-chance Grand Prize event had waited for. What amazing prizes would their tickets reveal?
“I can’t believe I’m here,” Bouknight said. The big reveal took place July 4 at the Greenville Drive stadium. The 34-year-old player soon discovered she was the first Grand Prize winner in the South Carolina Education Lottery’s Summer Escape SM 2008 promotion. Her prize package, worth more than $60,000, included a Ford F-150® truck, a Carnival® cruise for four people, and 500,000 US Airways airline miles! “I’m so happy! I can’t wait to drive my new truck and take my family on the cruise and travel,” Bouknight said.
Second and third place finalists also took home prizes. Delbert Rice, of Wagener, and Theodore Harrison, of Salters, each won $3,000, and Esther Pino, of West Columbia, and Arlene Powers, of North Charleston, collected $1,000 each. An additional 1,200 players received prize packages.
The Summer EscapeSM 2008 Promotion features Air Escape, Land Escape and Sea Escape instant tickets, all packed with travel-themed prizes and cash. The Summer EscapeSM 2008 Promotion continues throughout the season. Non-winning Air Escape, Land Escape and Sea Escape instant tickets can be entered into a second-chance drawing for a Grand Prize of 500,000 airline miles, a Ford F-150® truck and a Carnival® cruise for four. Three more Grand Prizes are available in the promotion and will be revealed at special events. Visit www.sceducationlottery.com for more details.
Since its inception in 2002, the South Carolina Education Lottery has launched more than 280 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 and a half years, the support the South Carolina Education Lottery has received from players and retailers is responsible for the General Assembly appropriating more than $2 billion for educational purposes through fiscal year 2009.

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