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8/22/2007 2:27:40 PM

Lottery claims centers are bustling this week in the Palmetto State! The South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) paid out two $1 million prizes in as many days!
For the Saturday, August 18 drawing, two Powerball® tickets correctly matched all five white ball numbers and the PowerPlay® option was purchased, resulting in $1 million prizes for two lucky ticket holders. Both winners, who chose to remain anonymous, have come forward to claim their prizes. One ticket was purchased in Fort Mill and the other in Pendleton.
“Powerball® is definitely a hot topic,” said SCEL Executive Director Ernie Passailaigue. “Tonight’s estimated Powerball® jackpot of $245 million is the 8th largest bonanza in Powerball® history. This run started on June 30 and we’ve had 15 draws. Eighty-nine winners around the country have won prizes of $200,000 or more since June 30. So even if you don’t hit the jackpot, you still could walk away with a pretty nice prize,” Passailaigue said.
Powerball® is played in 29 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Since its inception in 2002, the support the South Carolina Education Lottery has received from players and retailers is responsible for the General Assembly appropriating more than $1.7 billion for educational purposes through fiscal year 2008.
Please remember to play responsibly!

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