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First day sales of Pick 3 exceed expectations

Columbia, SC: The South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) is pleased to announce that its first day sales of Pick 3, the first of a series of numbers games it will introduce, have exceeded estimates provided by Scientific Games International (SGI).

As of 5 p.m., Pick 3 sales were more than $411,000. Today's game will end at 6:45 p.m., before the 6:59 p.m. live draw, to be broadcast from the Lottery's Main Street, Columbia studio.

As part of its initial proposal, SGI estimated average daily sales to be approximate $103,000 for the Pick 3 draw game. By comparison, the lottery in Kentucky, which is similar in population to South Carolina, grossed $326,000 on its three-digit draw game during its first week of sales in 1989.

Today, all 2,659 lottery retailers across the state equipped to sell the Pick 3 game were operational and capable of selling the new game.

In addition, estimated sales of the Lottery's scratch, or instant, tickets so far today are at approximately $1.3 million approximately at 5 p.m.

Tonight's first-ever Pick 3 drawing will be conducted by George Godfrey, a Richland County deputy sheriff and one of eight talent search winners from across the state.

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