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Power Bug Winner
10/10/2002

Columbia, SC: Today, Thomas Sweetman will be driving home in a new ride. That’s because the South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) awarded him with a 2003 Volkswagon Super Beetle for winning the Power Bug promotion.

To help kick off the launch of Powerball, the SCEL sponsored a contest in which players had the chance to correctly guess the amount of ping pong balls that filled a 2003 Volkswagon Super Beetle.

Thomas Sweetman, a native of Clover, came the closest to he number of ping pong balls that were in the car, missing by only 6 balls. Sweetman mailed in his guess of 17,160. There were a total of 17,166 ping pong balls in the 2003 Volkswagon.

“I wasn’t expecting to win,” he said. “My wife really did all the work!” Mrs. Sweetman and her husband counted the number of balls that were across the top. They then guessed how deep the balls were in the car. “We estimated that there were about 13 balls vertically. That’s how we cam up with that number.”

Since January 2002, the SCEL has returned over $110 million dollars to the State of South Carolina’s Lottery Education Fund. All of SCEL’s net proceeds go to pay for specific educational programs, including South Carolina’s HOPE, LIFE, Palmetto Fellows, National Guard and 2 year institution’s scholarship programs. For a complete listing of programs funded by lottery dollars, please visit our website: www.sceducationlottery.com



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