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No lottery sales on election day!

Columbia, SC (June 7, 2004): On June 8, 2004, the South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) will be prohibited from selling lottery tickets. This notice is in conjunction with the Education Lottery Act.

Section 59-150-210(E) A lottery ticket or share must not be sold on the date of any general or primary election; for a lottery game other than that defined in Section 59-150-20(7); or for a lottery game with corporate sponsorship.

The SCEL will also shut down its gaming system to prevent any on-line sales of Pick 3, Pick 4, Carolina 5 and Powerball or instant ticket validations.

“This is one way we can assure both the SCEL and its retailers can fully comply with the law,” says SCEL Executive Director Ernie Passailaigue. “However, there will be a drawing for players who placed their wagers on advance play for the Tuesday daily drawings.”

The Education Lottery Act Section 59-150-210(E) does not prohibit the SCEL from conducting a draw on election days. Pick 3, Pick 4, Carolina 5 and Powerball players can continue to bet their numbers on Monday, June 7, 2004 until midnight.

The SCEL’s average ticket sales last Tuesday, June 1, 2004, were $2 million

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