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12/12/2008 4:00:13 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (December 12, 2008) – It has happened again! Triple numbers were selected in the evening Pick 3 drawing for the second time this week! Thousands of Pick 3 players across the state are winners.
The numbers 8-8-8 were selected in the Wednesday, December 10 evening draw, and 4,059 tickets correctly matched the winning numbers. Each Pick 3 winning ticket is worth $250 on a 50 cent bet, bringing the total payout to $1,014,750. Sales for the December 10 evening draw were $219,014.
Triple 2’s were selected in the Monday, December 8 Pick 3 evening draw. The numbers 2-2-2 were selected, and 4,378 tickets correctly matched the winning numbers, bringing the total payout to $1,094,351. Sales for the December 8 evening draw were $201,351.
The bottom line: Pick 3 players won big, winning more than four times what lottery sales were for the two evening draws.
Since the Lottery’s 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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