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SCEL Sales for the week ending March 10

Columbia, SC: The following report represents the financial activity for the South Carolina Education Lottery's (SCEL) ninth week of operations ending March 10, 2002. This information is based on data provided by Scientific Games International. Estimated ticket sales to date are over $154.1 million including Pick 3.

More than $1.4 million of the total sales figure is from Pick 3 tickets. "Our sales are ahead of what we were forecasted to do", says Tony Cooper, SCEL's Chief Operating Officer. "We are continuing to out-perform the industry". South Carolina is commonly compared to Kentucky, because it is similar in population. Kentucky's Pick 3 sales in its first week of operation were $326,000. The SCEL almost doubled that in the first day.

As anticipated, instant ticket sales have leveled-off some, however sales are still strong. "We're in a cooling off period", says Cooper. "This is expected as we introduce new games and our lottery matures".

The number of individuals claiming prizes:
March 4 to March 10, 2002: 2,165,698 (instant)Total: 25,310,354 (instant)

The dollar value of prizes paid: Pick 3
March 4 to March 10, 2002 $7,835,586(instant) $262,950(Pick 3)Total: $89,649,796(instant) $262,950(Pick 3)
*Estimated sales:
March 4 to March 10, 2002: $14,304,342(instant) $1,432,411(Pick 3)
Total: $152,671,872(instant) $1,432,411(Pick 3)

* The instant ticket sales are based on an estimate of winning ticket validations in each pack. The source of the numbers is Scientific Games International. The SCEL believes this is a reasonable estimation of sales based on standard industry practices. These numbers reflect activity through the close of business Sunday, March 10, 2002.

For a county by county breakdown of Instants, click here.

For a county by county breakdown of Pick 3, click here.

For a Top 25 listing of retailers, click here.

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