SC Lottery claim center closed after exposure to COVID-19
By Kate Northrop
The South Carolina Education Lottery's Columbia claim center on Assembly Street closed yesterday, Wed., Sept. 2 after an employee was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
The building was closed for cleaning and disinfection that afternoon when staff was notified of the exposure. According to a press release, the employee who came into contact with the coronavirus only worked in the back office and did not interact with the public. The other staff members w ...
Sep 3, 2020, 12:23 pm - Lottery News forum
SC Lottery offers refunds for some multi-draw tickets
The South Carolina Education Lottery is offering to refund the cost of some multi-draw Powerball and Mega Millions tickets purchased prior to game changes announced last week.
Going forward, the starting jackpot amounts will no longer begin at $40 million. Instead, the amounts will be announced after each jackpot is won. Increases will be based on game sales and interest rates.
Powerball players who purchased a multi-draw ticket on or before April 2 are eligible for a refund for drawings h ...
Apr 11, 2020, 12:32 pm - Lottery News forum
South Carolina lottery winner says she'll use the money to adopt her grandchildren
A South Carolina grandma has big plans for her jackpot lottery prize.
Jennifer Flannery was on her way to work and in a bad mood when she stopped at a gas station in Spartanburg and bought a Queen of Hearts scratch-off lottery ticket for $10, according to a release from the South Carolina Education Lottery.
She scratched the ticket when she got to work and then told her boss she had to leave when she saw she won $250,000, the release says.
I was shaking and hyperventilating, Flannery t ...
Mar 2, 2020, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. man loses more than $140K to 'you've won the lottery' scam
Includes video report
Deputies say a man lost more than $140,000 to a lottery scam in York County, South Carolina.
The resident was scammed out of $143,500 via the common you've won the lottery scam.
In this case, deputies say two suspects a Ben Washington and Shirley Marsh informed the victim he had won $2.8 million.
Shirley reportedly told the victim to send $3,500 to an address in Emporia, Kansas to be able to receive the money.
After that money was sent, deputies say the scam ...
Feb 28, 2020, 10:31 am - Lottery News forum
SC residents to start receiving lottery rebate checks, even if they didn't play
South Carolina residents will be receiving rebate checks from the state lottery, even if they have never played a single lottery game before.
The $50 checks are hitting mailboxes in the days to come, and the only qualification is paying South Carolina income taxes of $50 or greater.
So far, 400,000 checks have been disbursed with more than 800,000 more to come by Dec. 2.
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Last fall, a Simpsonville convenience store sold the winning ticket for the $1.5 billion Mega M ...
Nov 8, 2019, 2:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Record number of people win SC Lottery Pick 4 game
SC Lottery pays out more than $3.4 million
We now know that a lot of people in South Carolina have the same strategy for the Pick 4 lottery game and it just won them a lot of money.
Nearly 1,400 people won the South Carolina Education Lottery's Pick 4 midday drawing Saturday with the same set of numbers: 2-2-2-2. It was a record number of winners for the Pick 4 and a record payout, the Lottery announced in a statement.
Lottery spokeswoman Holli Armstrong said that people started lining ...
Oct 2, 2019, 12:14 pm - Lottery News forum
NC man ignored million-dollar winning ticket on his table for weeks
A North Carolina man was a millionaire, only he didn't know it.
That's because the man who won $1 million playing Powerball left the winning ticket unattended for weeks, the South Carolina Education Lottery said in a news release.
I have a bad habit of waiting to check my lottery tickets, said the man, who has chosen to remain anonymous, according to the news release.
After weeks of ignoring the ticket that sat on his dining room table, the man said he was stunned and his wife was spee ...
Jul 25, 2019, 8:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery player 'spent a sleepless night' clutching winning ticket
The odds were 1 in 660,000, but a woman in Greenwood, South Carolina, had the winning ticket.
South Carolina Education Lottery officials say the woman spent a sleepless night with the ticket worth $125,000 before she could go claim her prize.
I held it tight to my chest, she said, according to lottery officials.
She spent the night thinking about how to spend the prize money. She settled on paying off her husband's truck, writing checks to the kids and booking a vacation for herself, o ...
Jul 3, 2019, 8:41 am - Lottery News forum
South Carolina man wins $10 million lottery prize during lunch break
A South Carolina man became a multi-millionaire during his lunch break, thanks to a lucky North Carolina Lottery scratch-off game ticket.
James Belich, of Lancaster, S.C., recently won the $10 million top prize in the North Carolina Education Lottery's $300,000,000 Supreme Riches scratch-off after buying a ticket in Charlotte.
You never expect it, said Belich. You think maybe you'll win something, but not $10 million. It's unbelievable.
When he got home, he was so shocked all he coul ...
May 28, 2019, 5:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Winner of $1.5B lottery jackpot donates some winnings to Alabama tornado victims
Updated with additional details about the anonymous winner
The winner of the largest Mega Millions jackpot in US history $1.5 billion is sharing some of her newfound wealth to help others in need.
The lucky South Carolina woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, is donating to the Alabama Red Cross to aid tornado relief and several South Carolina charities.
She decided to donate because she claimed the money when a tornado struck Alabama in early March, her lawyer Jason Kurland said.
Mar 18, 2019, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum