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10/31/2008 2:32:03 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (October 31, 2008) – The South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) will debut a new computer gaming system to better serve both retailers and players. For the first time in the Lottery’s history, the new system will enable lottery retailers to sell lottery games twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This enhancement is scheduled to occur beginning Saturday, November 8th, several days after the transfer from the current system to the new system.
The transfer to the new system will take place on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th. Since the Lottery is prohibited from selling lottery tickets on Election Day, this date was selected to help minimize inconveniences to players and retailers alike. Sales of all lottery tickets are scheduled to resume on Wednesday, November 5th.
Due to the computer gaming system changeover, no advanced plays (tickets) will be sold for the Tuesday, November 4th Midday and Evening Pick 3 and Pick 4 drawings. Drawings for these games on November 4th will be for test purposes only. No other games will be affected on November 4th, and regularly scheduled drawings will take place.
“We are enthusiastic about our new gaming system and the products and services it will allow us to provide to lottery retailers and players,” said Ernie Passailaigue, SCEL’s Executive Director. “The process of converting to the new system has been lengthy and meticulous, but the bottom line means a more efficient operation, which in turn directly benefits education funding.”
Since inception in 2002, the General Assembly has appropriated more than $2 billion for educational purposes through fiscal year 2009. In the fiscal year ending 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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