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South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL)
E-mail Address:
Phone: (803) 737-2002
Fax: (803) 737-2882
Population: 4,561,242
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Executive Director: Paula Harper Bethea
Year Lottery Founded: 2001 -- Selling commenced Jan.7, 2002
Sales FY 2002:
Sales FY 2003:
Sales FY 2004:
Sales FY 2005:
Sales FY 2006:
Sales FY 2007:
Sales FY 2008:
Sales FY 2009:
Sales FY 2010:
Sales FY 2011:
Sales FY 2012:
$319 Million
$722 Million
$950 Million
$956 Million
$1,144 Million
$988.20 Million
$992.50 Million
$1,005.11 Million
$1,007.16 Million
$1,047.06 Million
Sales Per Capita: $243
Number of Employees: 132
On-line Vendor: INTRALOT
November 2008 November 2015
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
October 2006 October 2013
Advertising Agency: Mad Monkey Inc.
Media Buyer: Buonasera Media Services LLC.
Games Offered: Powerball, Instant Games, Pick 3, Pick 4, Mega Millions, and Palmetto Cash 5.
Beneficiaries: Education
Jurisdiction: South Carolina



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
Just 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 Lottery’s 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 Lottery’s 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.


News Archive for CY2016
September 7, 2016 South Carolina Education Lottery Director to Retire

News Archive for CY2015
September 16, 2015 New SC Lottery Ad Campaign
Jan 21, 2015 Multi-State “Lucky for Life” Game Coming Soon to SC

News Archive for CY2014
October 29, 2014 South Carolina Education Lottery Claims it is Already Way Ahead of any Audit Requirements
October 8, 2014 SCEL Honors Two Sets of Evening Pick 3 Numbers for the Tuesday, October 7 Drawing
Sept 17, 2014 Stores Suspended from Lottery Ticket Sales
July 30, 2014 South Carolina Education Lottery Launch New Scratch Ticket
(March 14, 2014 South Carolina Education Lottery has Teed Up a New Scratch-Off Ticket
January 22, 2014 Powerball Restores PowerPlay® to its Original Form

News Archive for CY2013
November 26, 2013 Lottery Reports Sale of Its 100th Winning Ticket Worth $1 Million Or More
September 11, 2013 Get in the Game with the Carolina Panthers Lottery Ticket
September 10, 2013 New "Honda Instant Ticket" to offer ATVs as Lottery Prizes
August 27, 2013 Honda SC Teams With SC Education Lottery for Scratch-Off Ticket
July 30, 2013 Guy Harvey Catches On in South Carolina
July 12, 2013 Guy Harvey Scratch Tickets on Sale at South Carolina Education Lottery Retailers
July 12, 2013 It’s a Successful Year for Education at the South Carolina Education Lottery
June 10, 2013 Lottery Drafts 'American Football Running Back' to Encourage Responsible Game Play
June 7, 2013 SCIENTIFIC GAMES to Provide Instant Tickets and Cooperative Services to South Carolina Education Lottery
May 15, 2013 Lottery Contributes a Surplus to Education Funds
May 9, 2013 State Lottery Generating More Profit than Expected
April 22, 2013 Voters to Decide on Legality of Raffles
April 2, 2013 Carolina Cash 6, NEW Lottery Game Touts TAXES PAID Top Prize
March 27, 2013 Lottery Unveils NASCAR Instant Win Ticket
March 20, 2013 House Bill Clarifies Sweepstakes Machines as Illegal Video Gambling
March 18, 2013 Former Lottery Employee Indicted on Embezzlement Charges
March 6, 2013 Legislator Decries 'Selective Enforcement' of Games of Chance
March 1, 2013 Lottery Announce Transfers to State Reach $3 BILLION
February 22, 2013 Bill Would See Private Company Run South Carolina Education Lottery
February 6, 2013 Senate Panel Votes to Allow Non-Profits to Hold a Limited Number of Raffles Yearly
February 6, 2013 South Carolina Bill Banning Sweepstakes Machines Advances to House Floor
February 5, 2013 Convenience Store Clerk Charged in Connection with Lottery Scratch-Off Scheme
January 4, 2013 Lottery Conducts Player Appreciation Drive Promotion


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