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SCEL urges players to PLAY RESPONSIBILY!
12/23/2002

Columbia, SC: With the Powerball® jackpot estimated at $280 million, an all time high for the South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL), lottery officials are urging players to play responsibly.

“Like any other lottery product, this is only a game and shall be viewed in that manner,” emphasized SCEL Executive Director, Ernie Passailaigue. “The odds of winning the big jackpot are 1 in 120 million and you should only play this for fun and entertainment.”

No one correctly matched the five white balls: 5, 22, 34, 39, 52 and the red Powerball- 30 to win Saturday’s estimated $215 million jackpot. However, in South Carolina, 123,340 people won $915,430. Of those winners, an additional $1,905,268 was won because they chose to power up with Power Play, bringing the total winnings to $2,820,698.

Here are some highlights on Powerball:
• 3,474 active lottery retail outlets
• Since Powerball started on October 5th, SCEL gross sales have increase from $ 9 million a week, to almost $ 22 million a week.


According to SCI Games, Powerball tickets were being sold at a rate of approximately 9,800 tickets a minute Saturday evening at 6PM.

The next Powerball® drawing will be December 25, 2002. For more information on Powerball®, visit there website at: www.powerball.com

Since January 2002, the SCEL has returned over $151 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; 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. For a complete listing of programs funded by lottery dollars, please visit our website: www.sceducationlottery.com

“Have fun. Play Smart. Play Responsibly.”


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