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Deal or No Deal™ Winner Takes Top Prize!
10/19/2007 9:21:19 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (October 19, 2007) – He had never played the South Carolina Education Lottery before, but the first time proved to be the charm for a Columbia area man when he bought a Deal or No Deal™ instant ticket. A few scratches later he walked away with one of the top prizes of $100,000!

The winner wants to keep his identity private, but he did tell his exciting news to lottery officials when he claimed his prize.

The lucky man moved to the Palmetto State just two months ago but had never bought any lottery tickets. When he stopped by a gas station recently the Lottery’s Deal or No Deal™ instant ticket caught his eye. He bought two tickets and started scratching. “I wasn’t sure I had won at first,” he said. “I looked at it three or four times and then asked the clerk in the store to look at it too. The clerk said I had won, and it was real big.”

The winning ticket was purchased at Afreen Enterprises LLC, 1316 South Lake Drive, in Lexington. Four more $100,000 top prizes still remain in the game.

The new Deal or No Deal™ winner said he’ll definitely play more lottery games. He plans on thinking about his next lottery purchase while enjoying a well deserved vacation!

Since its inception in 2002, the South Carolina Education Lottery has launched more than 220 instant games and five online games. Currently, SCEL offers approximately 30 instant games and four online games at more than 3,500 lottery retailers statewide. Traditionally, SCEL produces an average of four new games each month in a variety of themes, play styles, and price points of $1 - $10. During the past five years, the support the South Carolina Education Lottery has received from players and retailers is responsible for the General Assembly appropriating more than $1.74 billion for educational purposes through fiscal year 2008.

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