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About The South Carolina Education Lottery

Dear Fellow South Carolinians:

As the Chairman of the South Carolina Lottery Commission, I am pleased to welcome you to the South Carolina Education Lottery's (SCEL) website. Since the Lottery began 17 years ago in January of 2002, we have been most successful in our mission to provide funding to enhance education in South Carolina. In fact, since 2002 we have transferred more than $5 billion to the Education Lottery Account in the State Treasurer's office.

I, along with the other Lottery Commissioners, our Executive Director, Hogan Brown, and the entire SCEL staff, hope you enjoy learning more about us as you explore this site.

Our mission today is to continue the successes our Lottery has achieved and to maintain our outstanding sales, and therefore transfers, all the while being a transparent, well-run and managed business enterprise in the State of South Carolina. The Lottery's most recent fiscal year (FY 2017-2018) had the following outstanding accomplishments:

  • Transfers to education ($434 million).
  • Record ticket sales ($1.75 billion), retailer commissions earned ($123.5 million), and prizes to winners ($1.14 billion). These figures represent a significant impact on our state's economy.

Although the Lottery is NOT responsible for how the lottery proceeds are spent, more than 1.9 MILLION scholarships have been awarded to hardworking South Carolina students since 2002. Lottery proceeds have provided $3.877 billion to support scholarships and grants for students across the Palmetto State. K-12 has benefitted by receiving $87 million to support the Technology Initiative.

The South Carolina Education Lottery adheres to our statutory mandates and internal policies to support education in South Carolina and markets our products in a socially responsible manner. With constant changes in technology, we will work harder as a "traditional" lottery to provide proceeds to the Education Lottery Account for appropriation to education by the South Carolina General Assembly. Our Marketing expenses are approximately 0.48% of gross sales. As a percentage of sales, our operating expenses are the lowest of any lottery in the country with annual sales under $4 billion. This stewardship maximizes the funds available to improve education here in South Carolina……which makes for a bright today and an even brighter tomorrow.

I am proud of the South Carolina Education Lottery, and on behalf of the Lottery, I thank you for your support and welcome your participation in our worthwhile efforts. Always remember, when you buy a lottery ticket from SCEL, you don't just take a chance, you also give one.

Sincerely,

Sam Litchfield, Chairman
South Carolina Lottery Commission