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| South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL)
||1333 MAIN STREET, SUITE 400 COLUMBIA, SOUTH
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
|Interim Executive Director:
|Year Lottery Founded:
||2001 -- Selling commenced Jan.7, 2002
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|Sales Per Capita:
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|# Retailers / Points of Sale (POS):
|Instant Ticket Vendor:
||Mad Monkey Inc.
||Buonasera Media Services LLC.
||Powerball, Instant Games, Pick 3, Pick 4, Mega
Millions, and Palmetto Cash 5.
South Carolina voters approved a
state lottery in November 2000 with a 54 percent majority. The South Carolina
Education Lottery Act was signed into law the following spring. The Lottery
began ticket sales on January 7, 2002, with four instant games: Scenic South
Carolina, Carolina Riches, 3 Times Lucky and the Logo Game. Sales were so
strong that the Lottery was able to repay its startup loan in February
two months later, the Lottery launched its first draw game in Pick 3, followed
by Carolina 5 in June and Powerball in October. Pick 4 joined the lineup in
January 2003. These games propelled the South Carolina Education Lottery to the
best per capita sales of any lottery startup in history, an average of $1.87
during its first year.
The Lotterys current selection of draw games
includes Powerball, Mega Millions, Palmetto Cash 5, Pick 3 and Pick 4. Also
available is Add-a-Play, which offers an extra chance to win on the
Lotterys daily games.
Lottery proceeds are transferred to the
Education Lottery Account. By law, revenues must be used to supplement,
not supplant, existing resources for educational purposes and programs.
Each year, the Legislature decides how lottery funds are appropriated. Lottery
funds have been used to support a variety of education programs over the years,
including scholarships and grants, the Endowed Chairs Program, public school
support and the Allied Healthcare Initiative. Lottery revenues have also been
distributed to South Carolina counties for local libraries and to programs that
provide gambling addiction treatment.