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9/8/2008 3:44:56 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (September 8, 2008) - A West Columbia teenager’s first lottery playing experience is one she’ll remember for the rest of her life! Merranda Michels chose an instant ticket that turned out to be a $100,000 winner!
“It was my 18th birthday, and I could finally buy a lottery ticket! I didn’t know what ticket to purchase, so the store clerk suggested the Sea Escape game. I liked the way it looked, so I got it,” Michels said.
She didn’t scratch the ticket until she got home. That’s when she realized she was a winner. “I just stared at all the zeros on the ticket. My mom looked at it and said I had won $100,000! I started screaming,” the lucky teen said.
Michels has a few ideas on what to buy with her winnings. But she also plans to save most of it. Michels purchased the Sea Escape ticket at Li’l Cricket #877 on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia.
Sea Escape is one of a trio of instant Summer Escape 2008 games featuring travel-themed prizes and cash
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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