S.C. lottery sales top $1 billion mark for first time
South Carolina lottery sales for this fiscal year have topped $1 billion for the first time.
The milestone was reached Tuesday with seven more weeks before the 2006 fiscal year ends, according to lottery officials.
The previous record was $957 million set last fiscal year, according to the lottery.
Instant tickets make up 60 percent of sales, with Powerball the next biggest seller, the lottery said.
The lottery began in January 2002 and has given more than $1 billion to education pro ...
May 10, 2006, 6:58 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. may ban illegal aliens from claiming lottery prizes
South Carolina State Rep. John Graham Altman said Friday that Fox News wants him to be a guest on Your World with Neil Cavuto on Monday to discuss his bill that would prohibit illegal aliens from collecting South Carolina lottery winnings.
The Charleston Republican filed his bill in February.
It'll have a good chance if I can get on Fox. Everybody says it's a good idea, he said.
Cavuto's hour-long live show is billed as the No. 1 business news program on cable TV. It airs at 4 p.m. ...
Apr 23, 2006, 11:24 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery participants celebrate opening of S.C. claims center
They showed up for the cake, juice and prizes. But most of all, they came out of convenience.
About 20 people celebrated the grand opening of the South Carolina Education Lottery claims center in Fort Mill on Wednesday morning. The new claims center, located at 377 Carowinds Blvd., will make it easier for local lottery players to cash in their winnings. Before, winners had to travel to Columbia, Greenville or Charleston to claim their prizes.
Wandra Hoffman, 41, of Charlotte said she was e ...
Apr 21, 2006, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. woman scratches $1 million lottery jackpot
A Spartanburg, South Carolina, woman won $1 million Monday after purchasing a ticket from a convenience store in Simpsonville, lottery officials said.
The winner, a two-time breast cancer survivor, said she plans to give part of her winnings from the Carolina Millionaires Club instant ticket to the American Cancer Society. She wanted to remain anonymous to avoid any publicity, lottery officials said Tuesday.
The ticket was purchased at the Piedmont Petro Corner Mart in Simpsonville.
Apr 12, 2006, 7:36 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winners share money advice
3 who hit jackpot in S.C. games share advice on the pitfalls of newfound wealth
Just in case you're the first one to win big money in the N.C. Education Lottery that starts Thursday, S.C. lottery winners have some advice:
Be careful about loaning money. Get a tax adviser. And if you owe anyone money, don't let lottery officials put your picture on the Internet.
Don't get them wrong. Three winners interviewed by the Observer are perfectly happy to keep the money, thank you. But they've h ...
Mar 28, 2006, 4:06 pm - Lottery News forum
464 gaming machines seized in S.C.
Businesses say despite payouts, games aren't illegal gambling
South Carolina authorities seized 464 gaming machines and computers Thursday from 13 York County businesses accused of hosting illegal gambling just over the N.C. state line.
Drawing attention were an increasing number of Internet cafes where customers played video slots with prepaid cards. Business owners defended them as legal sweepstakes. Authorities, however, said the cafes, which pay out money to winners, are thinly veile ...
Mar 3, 2006, 3:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Man sues S.C. Lottery, claiming the state is misleading ticket buyers
A Charleston County, South Carolina, man has sued the state lottery for fraud, claiming false advertising caused him to buy scratch-off lottery tickets for prizes already claimed.Pete Cuming filed the lawsuit one week after a state audit revealed the lottery, in a single year, sold nearly $20 million worth of tickets in 16 scratch-off games after all the contests' top prizes were awarded. His lawyers are seeking class action status, saying the millions of dollars represent thousands of misled ti ...
Dec 30, 2005, 6:26 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. Laments N.C.'s Move To Powerball
North Carolina announced that it will be a part of the Powerball lottery. Lottery stores in South Carolina said they will lose half of their business, not to mention there won't be as much cash for education.It's never been easy for Red Rocket manager Ken Shoultes to keep the floors of his store clean. Usually, lottery foot traffic dulls the polish quickly.But now, the shine might be wearing off the lottery business because Powerball is crossing the border. North Carolina people have no reason t ...
Dec 21, 2005, 6:27 am - Lottery News forum
Audit: S.C. lottery leaders paid more than those in other states
Top South Carolina lottery officials are being paid more than those in many other states, according to an audit released Thursday.In its 57-page report, the Legislative Audit Council said the South Carolina Education Lottery is paying its executive director more than at least 16 other states. In the council's survey of 18 state lotteries, Tennessee's executive director garnered the highest salary, at $350,000, and West Virginia's executive came in lowest at almost $97,000.South Carolina's execut ...
Dec 16, 2005, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. Lottery suspends sales due to computer glitch
South Carolina Lottery officials suspended sales of the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games Thursday after there was a problem upgrading software.It was not clear when sales or cashing in of winning tickets would resume, South Carolina Education Lottery spokeswoman Tara Robertson said. It's an accounting issue on both parts, in cashing in and on what the retailer owes the lottery on their invoice, she said. If you were to come in and cash a ticket and it was for $1, it may say that it's for $2 or vice ver ...
Nov 18, 2005, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum