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Lottery Proceeds Benefit Education in Every County in South Carolina
1/8/2010 9:36:57 AM

Columbia, SC - (January 8, 2010) - Have you ever wondered how lottery proceeds are benefiting students from your county? The South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) website, sceducationlottery.com, has an updated map of the county distribution of appropriations from the Education Lottery Account (ELA). Simply select a county to view the funds appropriated to that county for college scholarships, K-12 programs and county libraries since SCEL started selling tickets in January 2002.

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, the South Carolina Tuition Grants Commission, the South Carolina Department of Education and the South Carolina State Library collaborated with SCEL to compile this information.

SCEL’s net proceeds are deposited into the ELA. The General Assembly appropriates ELA proceeds as follows:

• Funding for kindergarten through 12th grade programs is generally based on the pupil population in each county;

• The South Carolina Charter School District first received lottery funds in academic year 2009;

• Scholarship appropriations are used to fund merit- and need-based scholarships and grants to students who meet the specified eligibility requirements; and

• Funding for county libraries is generally based on a formula set by the General Assembly.

In the year that ended June 30, 2009, 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.

This by-county distribution map is available online at www.sceducationlottery.com/educationwins/county.aspx. Please contact Julie Huffman, Beneficiary Communications Coordinator, at julie.huffman@sclot.com for additional information.

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For More Information
Contact:
Julie E. Huffman
SCEL Beneficiary Communications Coordinator
Office:(803) 737-2696
Cell: (803) 667-2848
Email: Julie.huffman@sclot.com


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