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Mega Millions® Ticket Sales Strong in SC
2/1/2010 4:32:20 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (February 1, 2010) – The debut of Mega Millions® in South Carolina is providing players with a second, multi-million dollar jackpot game from which to choose.
Market Express #704, at 1027 Elmwood Avenue, in Columbia, recorded the first Mega Millions® ticket sale in the Palmetto State yesterday. The transaction was processed at approximately 2:30 a.m.
“Mega Millions® ticket sales are very encouraging for our first full day,” said Paula Harper Bethea, SCEL Executive Director. “We had a strong start and noticed players playing both Mega Millions® and Powerball®.”
More than 3,600 South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) retail outlets are offering Mega Millions® tickets. An historic agreement between the Powerball® and Mega Millions® groups made it possible for lottery jurisdictions to offer both multi-state jackpot games.
The addition of Mega Millions® to the Lottery’s lineup of games stands to potentially increase deposits to the Education Lottery Account.
Players now have four jackpot drawings each week, with millions of dollars in prizes. Mega Millions® jackpots begin at $12 million. Powerball® jackpots start at $20 million.
Mega Millions® drawings will be televised on the Lottery’s draw partner stations each Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. Powerball® drawings are held each Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m.
Since the Lottery’s inception in 2002, the General Assembly has appropriated more than $2.2 billion from lottery net proceeds for educational purposes through fiscal year 2010.

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