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8/18/2009 1:22:47 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (August 18, 2009) — Thousands of South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) Pick 3 players are enjoying the thrill of the win after Saturday evening's Pick 3 drawing of triple 2's!

The numbers 2-2-2 were selected, and 4,939 tickets correctly matched the winning numbers. Each Pick 3 winning ticket is worth $250 on a 50 cent bet, bringing the total payout to $1,234,750. Sales for the August 15 evening draw were $205,345.50.

The last time triple 2's were drawn happened during the evening drawing on December 8, 2008.

Since the Lottery's inception in 2002, the General Assembly has appropriated more than $2.2 billion for educational purposes through fiscal year 2010. Approximately 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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