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Lottery celebrates one-year anniversary!

Columbia, SC: This morning the South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) held press conferences across the state celebrating the one-year anniversary of the first lottery ticket sold. As part of the celebration, the SCEL announced the accomplishments of the past year and introduced its new informational campaign that focuses on the benefits of the lottery to education it has completed in a year’s time.

“Success can be measured in a number of ways, “said John C.B. Smith, Chairman of SCEL Commission. “But the answer to whether or not we were successful is a resounding, ‘YES!’ ”

Here are some quick facts and statistics from January 7, 2002 to December 31, 2002:
• The total sales for the SCEL are $626 million.
• Lottery winners won over $343 million in prizes.
• More than 400 million tickets were printed.
• Most popular game is the instant ticket “3 Times Lucky.”
(This is one of the inaugural instant tickets launched. The SCEL reordered this game four times. More than 70 million tickets have been printed in this one game alone.)
• The SCEL transferred more than $151 million to the Education Lottery Account... Of that $1.6 million were in unclaimed prize money.
• The launch of the SCEL is one of the quickest in lottery history -- if not the shortest.
• To help keep litter off the SC roadways and walkways, the SCEL held “Second Chance Drawings” to give players another opportunity to win prizes, including an automobile.
• The time between the launch of the SCEL and the introduction of Pick 3 was done in the fastest time frame in lottery history. The launch of Pick 3, the first of the lottery’s on-line games, was also successful in using a cutting-edge technology called a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
• The lottery also invested in the creation of its own state-of-the-art broadcast studio, accessible directly off Main Street in our state’s capital city.

• Three months after introducing Pick 3, the SCEL introduced Carolina 5, an on-line game that offers players a chance to win $100,000 with taxes paid up front. This was a first game of its kind in lottery history.

• Top 5 retailers: Red Rocket (Fort Mill) - $2.6 million
Circle K Stores (Fort Mill) -$2.2 million
Miller Produce and Farm (Fort Mill) -$2.1 million
Kountry Mart (Bennettsville) -$1.7 million
Clover Shop and Save (Clover) -$1.7 million

The SCEL is pleased to announce it will introduce new games and promotions this up-coming year:

• Pick 4, our fourth on-line game (launch date: January 27, 2003),
• The Powerball Instant Millionaire Game show, which offers players a chance to win $1 million in Las Vegas,
• A mid-day drawing for Pick 3 and Pick 4,
• A second weekly drawing for Carolina 5
• At least three new instant tickets each month.

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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