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1/7/2008 3:36:32 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (January 7, 2008) – Six years ago, the South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) created a chapter in the history books when a player bought the first ever SCEL ticket. In 2002, SCEL launched with four instant tickets, and today has 46 different instant tickets and four number games: Pick 3, Pick 4, Palmetto Cash 5, and Powerball®.
“We are proud of the success we’ve achieved in the past six years, grossing $5.6 billion in sales. We would not have risen to such accomplishments without the support of the more than 3,500 retailers who sell our products with such enthusiasm,” said SCEL Executive Director Ernest L. Passailaigue.
“We view SCEL as a business partner. The organization, and support departments, has always embraced our convenience stores,” commended Terry L. Lehman, President of South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores.
Of the funds earned by the Lottery, approximately 29% has been transferred to the Education Lottery Account to be appropriated by the General Assembly to support education. More than $1.74 billion has been appropriated since startup through June 2008!
o Higher Education Programs and Scholarships have received more than $1.25 billion:
• The Endowed Chairs Program at the state’s three research universities has received $180 million; and
• More than 488,000 scholarships have been funded through $929 million in appropriations.
○ K-12 programs received more than $450.7 million:
 Including $260 million appropriated to K-5 programs;
 $25.4 million appropriated to other K-12 programs, including $8 million designated to grades 6-8 programs; and
 $61 million appropriated for new school buses.
○ More than $37.1 million has been appropriated to Community Education Programs:
 The Educational Television Network received almost $20 million to upgrade to digital technology; and
 County libraries received $13.7 million.
SCEL’s impact on this state is also significant.
○ More than $33.7 million has been collected in state income tax withheld on lottery winnings.
○ More than $647,000 has been collected from players in the State’s debt set-off program; most of which is back child support.
○ More than $22.9 million was earned in interest by the State Treasurer from net lottery transfers through November 2007.
○ Retailers have received more than $394 million in taxable commissions through December 2007.
○ SCEL players have claimed winnings totaling more than $3.3 billion.
Here are a few more highlights from this past year:
• April 2007, SCEL has its 4th Powerball® Jackpot Winner ($15 million).
• May 2007, SCEL introduces the Players’ Club, a website designed to provide members with the latest information on games, second-chance drawings, and promotions.
• June 2007, SCEL launches first instant game to offer an annuity top prize, 20 Year
• September 2007, Palmetto Cash 5 expands drawings to five nights a week, Monday through
• October 2007, (SCEL) Executive Director Ernie Passailaigue elected President of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).
How can SCEL top its triumphant history? We’re planning a year filled with many exciting new games and promotions!
 February 2008, SCEL will launch MegaMatch 6, the state’s first rolling jackpot, $5 game.
 February/March 2008, SCEL will sponsor Charleston Food and Wine Festival.
 March 2008, Play Responsibly month will be recognized.
 Summer 2008, Summer Promotion will launch.

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