SC Lottery not paying winnings on game because of 'programming error'
People who believed they were big winners in a simple South Carolina Education Lottery game over the Christmas holiday were angry to discover that they won't actually win anything.
That's because a computer glitch awarded many would-be lucky lottery winners thousands of dollars through the Holiday Cash game.
From 5:51 to 7:53 p.m. on Christmas Day, the same play symbol was repeated in all nine available play areas on tickets which would result in a top prize of $500, according to the South ...
Dec 27, 2017, 12:18 pm - Lottery News forum
South Carolina man wins two $100,000 Powerball lottery prizes
Within a 48-hour time span a Little River, South Carolina, man realized he had won the lottery, twice.
South Carolina Lottery officials say the man realized he had a winning ticket Monday night when he checked his numbers. That ticket was worth $100,000. The next morning, he checked a separate Powerball ticket and discovered it too was worth $100,000.
The Little River resident, who was not identified by the South Carolina Lottery, purchased both tickets at the Food Lion on Highway 9 in Lon ...
Jun 14, 2017, 2:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Triple 7s result in $2.2 million lottery payout
On Monday, lottery officials announced that 8,955 Pick 3 players in South Carolina celebrated triple lucky 7's this weekend.
Depending on the price paid for the ticket, the winners took home either $250 or $500 per play. The total payout eclipsed $2.2 million for Saturday's draw.
According to a press release. the combination is the lottery's most played sequence, with this drawing producing 10 times the number of winners compared to the previous day's draw. This marks the ninth time 7-7-7 ...
Mar 13, 2017, 4:09 pm - Lottery News forum
S.C. man wins lottery jackpot twice
By Todd Northrop
A South Carolina man became a two-time lottery winner in a single day when he cashed in a pair of tickets worth $100,000 and $200,000.
The lucky Darlington resident has been playing the Palmetto Cash 5 daily drawing game for more than a decade, trying out different strategies to win, and yesterday he cashed in two winning tickets worth $100,000 and $200,000.
This is life changing, he said.
His idea to quick pick five numbers at the Situ LLC on South Main St. and the ...
Feb 9, 2017, 2:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman finds $100,000 lottery ticket while cleaning
South Carolina Lottery officials say a Georgia woman found a winning Powerball ticket in a stack of old tickets.
The discovery was made while cleaning. The winning ticket was purchased last September in Simpsonville, South Carolina. Officials said in a news release that the woman was visiting family in the Upstate when she bought the winning ticket at Mit Food Mart on West Georgia Road.
My New Year's resolution was to not let stuff pile up, she said.
The ticket is worth $100,000. Along ...
Feb 1, 2017, 2:55 pm - Lottery News forum
Nearly 14,000 S.C. lottery players won Pick 3 Friday
A record number of South Carolina Education Lottery Pick 3 players started their weekend with a win.
13,996 players won with 4-4-4 in Friday's evening drawing.
Depending on the price paid for the ticket, winners took home either $250 or $500 per play.
Triple number combinations are by far the Lottery's most popular played sequences, this time resulting in a $3.5 million prize payout.
Friday night's draw surpasses the game's previous record number of winners set just last month, when ...
Jan 30, 2017, 5:55 pm - Lottery News forum
S.C. woman claims biggest Pick 4 payout in state's history
A Florence, South Carolina, woman cashed in on the largest Pick 4 payout to a single person in S.C. lottery history.
According to lottery officials, the winning tickets were worth a combined $304,000.
The winning combination was her mom's birth date, 1-1-4-3, drawn the evening of September 17.
She played those numbers 30 times. Ten times she played her numbers straight, betting $5 each time to win $250,000. Twenty times she played her numbers straight/box, betting $1 each time to win $5 ...
Sep 23, 2016, 8:07 pm - Lottery News forum
SC Lottery director stepping down
Paula Harper Bethea is stepping down as executive director of the South Carolina Education Lottery.
Bethea, of Bluffton, was an original member of the lottery commission when it was formed in 2001. She has served as director since 2009.
The resignation will be effective Oct. 31.
The lottery commission is in the process of concluding a 10-year request for proposals for vendors to provide terminals to print out lottery tickets, Bethea said. The end of October marks a convenient window for ...
Sep 8, 2016, 7:59 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. Lottery assures public no computerized drawings used in state
Disastrous computerized drawing scandal sparks public distrust, even in states with real lotto ball drawings
Other states may be tainted by an alleged lottery scam involving rigged winning numbers, but not South Carolina, says S.C. Education Lottery executive director Paula Harper Bethea.
We don't have the random-number generator in South Carolina, and we don't sell the Hot Lotto game, Bethea said Tuesday in response to a query.
Instead, she said, We do live draws, where a human being ...
Dec 23, 2015, 8:46 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. Lottery to honor two winning sets of Pick 3 numbers
The South Carolina Education Lottery says it will honor two sets of winning numbers for Friday night's Pick 3 drawing.
During the broadcast of the lottery drawing at 6:59 p.m. on December 18, the numbers 6-2-0 were announced, and those numbers were put up on the screen. However, a short time later, the lottery's independent auditor released the numbers as 9-2-0, and those results were put on the lottery's website and distributed to the public.
The lottery now says the 6-2-0 were incorrectl ...
Dec 22, 2015, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum