Former SC lottery employee accused of embezzling more than $200,000
A former employee of the South Carolina Education Lottery has been indicted by a Richland County grand jury on charges he embezzled more than $200,000 from the lottery, according to Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Specifically, Anthony J. McNeil, 55, was indicted on one count of embezzlement of public funds over $10,000. It is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine.
The indictment alleges that between April 2010 and August 2012, McNeil while working in the lottery's finan ...
Mar 20, 2013, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
Homeless S.C. man hits it big
A Greenville, South Carolina man living at a rescue mission after falling on hard times said he now has a chance at a new home after winning $200,000.
South Carolina Education Lottery officials said the man bought a $10 scratch-off ticket that revealed he was a winner. The man told lottery officials he has lived in Greenville his entire life and used to work construction jobs but after hard times hit, he's been living at a rescue mission.
He bought the winning ticket at Simons Liquors Inc. ...
Oct 21, 2012, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. Lottery finally draws quad in Pick 4 Eve draw
By Todd Northrop
For the first time ever, the South Carolina Lottery has drawn a 'quad' combination in its Pick 4 Evening drawing.
A quad is a combination where all four digits are the same. Sunday night the lottery drew 2-2-2-2, marking the first time such a combination was drawn in the evening draw.
Quads have been drawn three times previously in the Lottery's midday draw, but never in the evening.
Lucky winners of Sunday's evening Pick 4 drawing could become anywhere from $2,500 t ...
Jul 11, 2012, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. lottery and electronic sweepstakes on collision course
South Carolina retailers who offer electronic sweepstakes to customers are feeling jittery.
That's according to one member of the S.C. Education Lottery Oversight Committee , a panel made up of state legislators and members of the public.
The question is, are electronic sweepstakes legal in South Carolina? said Alexander Shadwick, after Tuesday's meeting.
They don't know if the games are legal or illegal, so the courts have to decide, he said.
But it scares all the retailers.
Sep 29, 2011, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. man almost threw away winning lottery ticket
A Rock Hill, South Carolina, man was about to throw away a lottery ticket when he noticed he missed a spot. When he scratched off the spot he uncovered a 7 to win $200,000.
Or was it a 1? He couldn't tell.
He held the ticket up to the bathroom light to see. It looked like a 7. He went outside and in the sunlight it still looked like a 7. He drove to Bob's Food Mart in Rock Hill, where he purchased the Stacks of Cash ticket, for their opinion. He left satisfied he won $200,000.
He told h ...
Jun 21, 2011, 10:32 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. Lottery to pay 2 sets of winning numbers after mistake
The South Carolina lottery will pay for two separate sets of winning numbers for a Tuesday Pick 3 drawing after a graphic mistakenly listed the wrong numbers.
Lottery officials said in a news release that the numbers 2-2-6 were picked for Tuesday's midday Pick 3 game. But a graphic listing the winning numbers before the evening drawing had the numbers as 2-2-1.
Executive Director Paula Harper Bethea says the lottery tries to be as transparent as possible and honors its mistakes.
Feb 16, 2011, 10:55 pm - Lottery News forum
S.C. Senate passes expanded gambling law
Includes video report
The South Carolina State Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would allow charities, schools and churches to hold raffles legally.
Right now the only legal raffle in the state is the lottery. Opponents of this new bill said it would open the door for organized gambling.
However, supporters disagree and said it's common sense to update state law that's more than 200 years old. The activity is practiced among organizations in order to raise money for good causes.
Feb 11, 2011, 7:40 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. man facing foreclosure wins lottery
A Pawleys Island, South Carolina, man told lottery officials winning $200,000 this week saved his home from being in foreclosure, according to a news release from the S.C. Education Lottery.
John Davis won the money playing Palmetto Cash 5 and said he was $2 away from foreclosure and faced a hearing this week, according to the release.
Financially, it has been a tough year for me, he said. It has been a huge financial struggle for me, and this win will get me back on my feet.
Davis pu ...
Jan 15, 2011, 2:29 pm - Lottery News forum
S.C. Lottery crowns 2 millionaires in raffle draw
By Todd Northrop
The winning numbers have been selected in the South Carolina lottery game that is going to make two instant millionaires.
The complete list of winning numbers for the raffle can be found at Lottery Post's South Carolina Lottery Results page.
Millionaire Raffle is a raffle-style game with a limited number of $10 tickets offered by the South Carolina Lottery. With only 500,000 tickets available for sale, Millionaire Raffle offers 1 in 250,000 chance of winning a $1 millio ...
Nov 17, 2010, 8:31 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scams dupe thousands
South Carolina couple's savings disappear; phone rings off hook
Dick Long fought in the Philippines under MacArthur.
Lillie Long taught first-graders for nearly three decades.
Now, every time they go to the mailbox and just about every time they pick up the phone, they're being scammed.
The Longs are lured by promises that seem so convincing and so easy to reach: Just send a few dollars and you will win millions in foreign lotteries and sweepstakes.
Hopeful, they send the money.
Sep 27, 2010, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum