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Powerball Turns a Year Old in South Carolina!
10/7/2003

Columbia, SC: The Powerball jackpot continues to roll as the game turns a year old with the South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL). South Carolina began selling Powerball tickets on October 5, 2002, and to celebrate the one-year anniversary, the lottery will host a series of events during the month of October.

The South Carolina Education Lottery, in conjunction with the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), will bring the Powerball drawing to the South Carolina State Fair on October 8 and 11, 2003. The drawing will be conducted LIVE on the Fair’s Grandstand at 10:59 p.m.

To get all of South Carolina excited about the game, local South Carolina celebrities will serve as the draw talent to pull the numbers for the 25 jurisdictions that televise the national drawing. On Wednesday, October 8, following he performance of Tracy Byrd, WCBD-TV’s Chief Meteorologist, Rob Fowler, will draw the Powerball numbers. The SCEL’s own Tara Robertson will choose the winning numbers on Saturday, October 11, following the GAP Band.

“This is a great way to showcase our lottery, its draw partners, and the state of South Carolina to the nation and abroad,” said the SCEL’s Executive Director, Ernie Passailaigue. “Powerball is by far the most recognizable game in this country and what better way to celebrate this anniversary then by bringing the drawing to South Carolina.”

The SCEL also has a special “Powerbowl Sunday” promotion launching on October 20, 2003 and ending December 5, 2003. Lottery players will have the chance to win one of 15 trips to Professional Football’s World Championship game to be held in Houston, Texas on Sunday, February 1, 2004.

The “Powerbowl Sunday” prize package includes: roundtrip airfare and ground transportation for two; club-level game tickets and private suite passes; stadium credentials; passes to an “MVP Party” hosted by Lynn Swann; hotel accommodations; and $500 spending money. Each winner will also be fitted for an official commemorative leather jacket.

Additional details about the “Powerbowl Sunday” promotion will be announced shortly.

In South Carolina, Powerball sales have totaled $227,040,166 since October 5, 2002. In the past year, Powerball winners have received $52,198,057 in cash prizes. This amount does not include South Carolina’s first jackpot winners, Anthony and Monica Wilson of Charlotte, North Carolina. The Wilsons won the $88.7 million Powerball jackpot on May 7, 2003. The Wilsons’ cash prize is the largest payout for the SCEL.

For an extra $1, players can purchase the PowerPlay option to multiply their non-jackpot winnings up to five times. Since October 5, 2002, more than 33% of Powerball plays in South Carolina have included the PowerPlay option.

Since January 2002, the SCEL has transferred more than $359 million to the State Education Lottery Account for distribution according to South Carolina Legislation. The SCEL’s net proceeds pay for specific educational programs, including South Carolina’s HOPE, LIFE and Palmetto Fellows Scholarships; the National Guard Scholarship Program; Lottery Tuition Assistance for two-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 services. For a complete listing of the legislative distribution of lottery dollars, please visit our website: www.sceducationlottery.com.

“Have fun. Play Smart. Play Responsibly.”


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