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9/3/2008 9:10:26 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (September 3, 2008) - Joseph Wheeler can't keep the smile from washing over his face after he won the third Summer Escape 2008 Second-Chance Grand Prize package. The Georgetown resident's big win was revealed during the Beach, Boogie and BBQ Festival on Saturday, August 30 in Myrtle Beach. Wheeler’s $60,000 grand prize package included a Ford F-150® truck, a Carnival® cruise for four people, and 1,000,000 airline miles!

"This means so much to me," said Wheeler. "I can’t explain how happy I am."

Second and third place finalists also won prizes. Deborah Johnson, of Simpsonville, and Elaine Robinson, of Anderson, each won $3,000. Michael Payne, of Columbia, and Ernest Wright, of Greenville, collected $1,000 each. Players in the audience took home prizes including airline miles, a Carnival® cruise for two, iPod® nanos and merchandise prize packages.

The Summer Escape 2008 Promotion was an overwhelming success with more than 142,000 entries received. The promotion featured Air Escape, Land Escape and Sea Escape instant tickets, all packed with travel-themed prizes and cash. Grand Prize events were held in Greenville, Fort Mill and 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 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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