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5/12/2003 12:00:00 AM

Starting May 13, Carolina 5 Drawings will be Held on Tuesday and Friday Nights

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) players will soon have twice the fun when playing Carolina 5. Beginning May 13, the Carolina 5 drawings will be held on Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:00 p.m., offering players two chances a week to win $100,000 taxes paid.

“Since introducing the game nearly a year ago, players have won more than $8 million dollars in Carolina 5,” said Tony Cooper, SCEL’s chief operating officer. “Players love the fact that the top prize offers $100,000 taxes paid. No other lottery offers their players this type of pay out.”

In Carolina 5, players may choose five unique numbers ranging from 1 to 36. If a player’s numbers are drawn, he or she is a winner regardless of the combination. The overall odds of winning in Carolina 5 are 1 in 78.

Beginning May 5, the SCEL’s draw station partners will give away Carolina 5 prize packages to persons who correctly answer questions regarding Carolina 5. The following television stations will air the questions during the Pick 3 and Pick 4 drawings each night at 6:59 p.m.: WLTX-TV in Columbia, WSPA-TV in Spartanburg/Greenville, WCBD-TV in Charleston, WPDE-TV in Florence/Myrtle Beach and WWWB-TV in Rock Hill/Charlotte. Players must be at least 18 or older to participate.

To celebrate the second drawing for Carolina 5, the SCEL will hold launch parties at retail locations statewide on May 13 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The public is encouraged to join in the festivities and enjoy wheel spins, prizes, food and more. The locations are as follows:

Aiken: Citgo Hilltop, 6043 Jefferson Davis Highway
Radio Station:WEKL-FM

Charleston: Bonnie’s Place, 2578 Ashley River Road
Radio Station: WXLY-FM

Columbia: Jimmy’s Mary, 990 Two Notch Road
Radio Station: WLXC-FM and WOMG-FM

Florence: Jay Maruti, 824 Pamplico Highway
Radio Station: WMXT-FM

Myrtle Beach: Barefoot General Store, 4708 Highway 17 South
Radio Station: WYAV-FM

Rock Hill: Lake Wylie Mini Market, 1168 Highway 274
Radio Station: WHRM-FM

Spartanburg: Bradley’s Redi-Mart, 3298 Highway 357
Radio Station: WROQ-FM

Since January 2002, the SCEL has transferred more than $243 million to the State Education Lottery Account for distribution according to South Carolina Legislation. The SCEL’s net proceeds pay for specific educational programs, including South Carolina’s HOPE, LIFE and Palmetto Fellows scholarships; the National Guard Scholarship Program; Lottery Tuition Assistance for two-year programs within the state’s university system; a wide range of technical upgrades for state colleges and universities; school buses; local libraries and gambling addiction services. For a complete listing of the legislative distribution of lottery dollars, please visit our Web site:

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