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8/27/2008 2:46:52 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (August 27, 2008) - Tears of joy sprang from Dolores Rucker's eyes when she realized she was the big winner in the Summer Escape 2008 second-chance Grand Prize event held Saturday, August 23, at the Charlotte Knights Stadium in Rock Hill.

"I'm excited! This is amazing," said Rucker. Her prize package, worth more than $60,000, included a Ford F-150® truck, a Carnival® cruise for four people, and 500,000 airline miles!

"I've never flown before or even been on a plane. I think I’ll take a short trip first," said Rucker, a Greenwood resident.

Second and third place finalists also won prizes. Doris Davis, of Moore, and Tyesha Gary, of Columbia, each won $3,000. Ceferina Hess, of Greenwood, and Adam Magid, of Indian Trail, NC, collected $1,000 each. Players in the audience took home prizes including airline miles, a Carnival® cruise for two, iPod® nanos and Ford® merchandise packages.

The Summer Escape 2008 Promotion features Air Escape, Land Escape and Sea Escape instant tickets, all packed with travel-themed prizes and cash. A third Grand Prize event is scheduled for Saturday, August 30, at the Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival in Myrtle Beach. A drawing for the fourth and final grand prize winner will be held sometime after the last day to sell the three qualified Summer Escape 2008 tickets.

Since its inception in 2002, the South Carolina Education Lottery has launched more than 290 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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