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A Birthday Surprise

Mt. Pleasant, SC: On July 16, 2002, the South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) awarded $1000 to Gregory Burnett of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, in the instant ticket game Winner Take All. Mr. Burnett won after purchasing the instant lottery ticket at the Li’l Cricket #239 in Cross Anchor, South Carolina.

Burnett can regularly be found in the driver’s seat of his car, traveling throughout the state. Because he travels so much, he regularly purchases instant scratch tickets at convenience stores around the state, usually choosing a variety of tickets each time. Before last week, he had never won more than $40.

“Winning…was a great birthday present…because last week was his birthday...,” Burnett’s wife said.

With his winnings, Burnett and his wife plan to pay monthly bills.

Winner Take All is a $2 ticket offered by the SCEL since February of this year. There are over $900, 000 dollars in prizes still to be won on this particular instant game. The overall odds of winning are 1 out of 4.

In its first six months, the SCEL has returned over $80 million dollars to the state of South Carolina for education. All SCEL profits go to pay for specific educational programs. These include South Carolina’s HOPE, LIFE, Palmetto Fellows, National Guard scholarship programs; Lottery Tuition Assistance for 2 year programs within the state’s university system; a wide range of technical upgrades for state colleges and universities; school buses; local libraries and gambling addiction.

“Have fun. Play Smart. Play Responsibly.”

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