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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
Interim Executive Director: Hogan Brown
Year Lottery Founded: 2001 -- Selling commenced Jan.7, 2002
Sales FY 2015:
Sales FY 2016:
Sales Per Capita: $243
Number of Employees: 132
# Retailers / Points of Sale (POS): 4,521
On-line Vendor: INTRALOT
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
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 CY2021
July 13, 2020 South Carolina Lottery to End “Lucky For Life” Game

News Archive for CY2020
July 13, 2020 SC Education Lottery Reports a Record Win for Education with $492.8 Million Transfer

News Archive for CY2019
July 11, 2019 South Carolina Lottery Reports Record Year-End Results
May 1, 2019 Not All SC Lawmakers on Board with Lottery's Tax Refund Check Promotion
March 4, 2019 Winner Claims $1.5 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot in South Carolina

News Archive for CY2018
July 16, 2018 South Carolina Lottery Transfers a Record $434.8 Million for Education
May 30, 2018 Holiday Cash Add-A-Play Ticket Holders to be Refunded for Purchase Price
May 15, 2018 SC Lottery Names New Director
December 29, 2017 South Carolina Board of Commissioners Sets Aside $19.6 Million
December 27, 2017 Programming Error Causes Issue with Holiday Cash Add-A-Play Game

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


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