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South Carolina Education Lottery Needs More Information
1/23/2018 4:58:10 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (January 23, 2018) – The South Carolina Education Lottery’s Board of Commissioners today directed staff to take all appropriate measures under SCEL’s contract with the vendor Intralot to learn what happened on December 25, 2017, with the Holiday Cash Add –A- Play game.

Lottery staff previously engaged Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) to investigate any and all aspects of the Holiday Cash Add-A-Play game and specifically what caused the game to function as it did on December 25, 2017. As of the Board’s meeting GLI had not been provided access to the information it needs.

The Board’s action and need for the independent review arises out of the December 25, 2017 sale of an estimated 42,000 tickets which included nearly 71,000 plays. The Board also received updated information on the amount of money involved. Previously the estimate of the potential prize payout was $19.6 million. If all of the nearly 71,000 plays are deemed to be winners, the potential prize payout is approximately $35.5 million. Before Intralot suspended play on December 25, 2017, over $1.7 million was claimed by and paid to players at retail outlets.

The Board’s outside legal counsel, Tim Madden, was designated by the Board as the contact person for future communications regarding the December 25, 2017 Holiday Cash Add-A-Play game. Madden said the Board is committed to gaining a full understanding of what occurred on December 25, 2017, to maintaining the integrity of the Lottery, and the respect of the players, all while following the law as established by the General Assembly.

“The Lottery’s players are its lifeblood,” Madden said. “This situation is unfortunate, but we are going to fully investigate what happened because we owe that to our players and to the State.”

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