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SCEL Receives Industry's "Good Housekeeping" Seal
10/27/2008 4:00:37 PM

The South Carolina Education Lottery Receives Industry’s “Good Housekeeping” Seal
For Two Quality Assurance Procedures

Columbia, SC (October 27, 2008) - Effective October 2, 2008, the South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) achieved verification for two distinct lottery industry Quality Assurance (QA) best practices under the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Standards Initiative (NSI) Verification Program. SCEL becomes the third lottery to achieve the industry “good housekeeping” seal for Q/A procedures.

The Q/A best practices are intended to provide both lotteries and vendors with simple, documented, and approved methods for building quality into the product development processes. In the long run, these practices result in greater efficiencies while reducing cost and risk. The two verifications provide an acknowledged set of quality assurance processes and procedures that will permit SCEL and its gaming system vendor(s) to follow an approved and repeatable method when defining, developing, and accepting software products for installation at the lottery.

The two verifications bring SCEL up to a total of three industry best practice verifications. Last May, verification was received for SCEL’s compliance with the XML Retail Accounting Reports Standard. In the near future, SCEL expects to seek verifications for its Retailer Website Applications and its Instant Ticket Management Systems. For further information, contact SCEL’s Chief Operating Officer Tony Cooper.

Since inception in 2002, the General Assembly has appropriated more than $2 billion for educational purposes through fiscal year 2009. In the year that ended June 30, 2008, more than 97 cents of every dollar spent by players on the South Carolina Education Lottery is returned to the state in the form of contributions to education, prizes, retailer commissions, and payment to contractors for goods and services.

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