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PLAYING FOR FUN IS A WIN FOR EDUCATION


When you play the South Carolina Education Lottery, you are supporting a great cause—Education. Did you know that since the Lottery began in 2002 more than $6 BILLION has been appropriated by the General Assembly to benefit education in South Carolina? To learn more about where the money goes, we invite you to explore this page. Your ticket purchase creates a real and lasting win for South Carolina’s students.

Dollar figures incorporate the period from January 7, 2002 - June 30, 2020.


MORE THAN $4.9 BILLION

has been appropriated to support a variety of Higher Education Programs.

$4.2 BILLION
Scholarships and Grants

S.C. LIFE, Palmetto Fellows, S.C. HOPE, S.C. Needs-Based Grants, Lottery Tuition Assistance and the National Guard College Tuition Assistance Program are all lottery-funded scholarships.

$345 MILLION
Other Higher Education Programs

Programs to enhance opportunities for low-income and educationally disadvantaged students and to address our state’s skilled healthcare workforce shortage have benefited from lottery dollars.

$180 MILLION
The SmartState Program™

Lottery proceeds advanced SC’s economy through the establishment of the Research Centers for Economic Excellence at our state's three research universities—Clemson, MUSC and USC.

$179 MILLION
Technology Upgrades

Money raised by the Lottery has enabled colleges and universities across the Palmetto State to purchase new computers and upgrade to the latest in 21st Century technology resources.



Alexis
S.C. LIFE Scholarship
Coastal Carolina, ‘20
Through the LIFE Scholarship, I was able to work less and focus more on my classes and clinical placements. I’m beyond grateful for the assistance I received during my time at Coastal Carolina. I plan to work toward a master’s degree.


Bethany
Lottery Tuition Assistance
Midlands Technical College, ‘19
Because our one income family experienced firsthand the challenges of stretching our budget to afford my classes, being a recipient of Lottery Tuition Assistance was a key factor in being able to complete my studies and receive my degree.


Brian
S.C. LIFE Scholarship
Clemson University, ‘15
My lottery-funded scholarship basically paid for a full year attending Clemson. I still benefit from it today, because I don’t have to worry about paying back the money I received. Education changed my life. The way I give back is by teaching.


Kaitlyn
Palmetto Fellows Scholarship
Winthrop University, ‘20
I am extremely grateful for the positive impact the Palmetto Fellows scholarship has had on my academic career. Attending Winthrop opened up many opportunities for me to create connections and further my education.



MORE THAN $999 MILLION

has been appropriated to support K-12 Education Programs in our state.

$517 MILLION
Primary Education (Grades K-5) Enhancement Programs

Lottery funding supported K-5 programs in the subjects of reading, math, science and social studies.

$204 MILLION
Other K-12 Educational Programs

Lottery proceeds went to the K-12 Technology Initiative to provide needed equipment and resources to schools.

$174 MILLION
School Buses

More than 2,000 school buses have been purchased with lottery dollars, including the fueling and maintenance of buses.

$104 MILLION
Education Accountability Act (EAA) Programs

Funding to EAA programs provided resources to improve student performance and support teacher and staff development.
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MORE THAN $52 MILLION

has been appropriated to enhance community education in the Palmetto State.

$23.9 MILLION
County Libraries

Every county library system in South Carolina has benefited from lottery proceeds.


$19.9 MILLION
Educational Television Network (ETV)

Lottery dollars helped ETV upgrade to digital technology.


$5.6 MILLION
Other Community Education Programs

The S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind and the S.C. Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, Inc. received funding.


$3.1 MILLION
Gambling Addiction Services

Proceeds have supported treatment services through the S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services.



The General Assembly of South Carolina allocates and determines the distribution of net funds generated by the South Carolina Education Lottery.

The SC Education Lottery legislation, states that “proceeds of lottery games must be used to support improvements and enhancements for educational purposes and programs as provided by the General Assembly and that the net proceeds must be used to supplement, not supplant, existing resources for educational purposes and programs.”  Each year, the Legislature decides how lottery funds are appropriated.

For a complete breakdown of appropriations from the Education Lottery Account, please visit the Executive Budget Office, Department of Administration's website.