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5/9/2006 1:14:37 PM

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Columbia, SC: As of 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2006, the South Carolina Education Lottery’s (SCEL) ticket sales will surpass the $1 billion mark for this fiscal year. With seven weeks remaining in the current fiscal year, this total easily surpasses the previous record of $957 million in lottery sales achieved in fiscal year 2005.

“This remarkable feat is the direct result of the wonderful partnership our lottery has forged with our players, retailers and vendors,” said Ernie Passailaigue, SCEL Executive Director. “We have put together a world-class staff to oversee this enterprise and the results are evident. The people of the Palmetto State continue to see the fruits of our labor: well over one billion dollars directed to new educational initiatives since we launched,” Passailaigue added.

Instant tickets remain the most popular type of game, making up more than 60 percent of overall sales. The multi-state lotto game, Powerball®, is the next biggest seller, with Pick 3, Pick 4, and Palmetto Cash 5 rounding out the product mix.

“Staff should be commended for their efforts in producing a product that South Carolinians can be proud of,” said Pat Koop, SCEL Director of Marketing and Sales. “It is the hard work of our retailer network and the loyalty of our players that have led us to this achievement.”

Ticket sales commenced on January 7, 2002, and on December 15, 2005, SCEL transferred the billionth dollar to the Education Lottery Account. As of May 1, 2006, the Lottery has transferred more than $1.1 billion to fund educational opportunities. For more information, please visit www.sceducationlottery.com.

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