S.C. Lottery goes dark on Election Day
For those looking to test your luck in the South Carolina state lottery, you won't be able to Tuesday.
During statewide election days, South Carolina law prohibits the sale of all lottery products.
This applies to instant and online games.
Therefore, all lottery terminals will be offline from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.
Lottery drawings will occur at their normally-scheduled times Tuesday, but only players who purchased tickets before the 12:01 a.m. terminal cutoff time are abl ...
Jun 8, 2010, 7:58 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. Lottery to pay for Pick 4 error
During the South Carolina Education Lottery's evening Pick 4 draw for Saturday, March 13, the numbers 7, 2, 4, and 5 were selected. However, an error occurred when the numbers 1, 2, 4, and 5 were entered into the central system for validating claims, according to a release from SCEL.
The lottery will pay Pick 4 ticket holders for either set of numbers. Lottery Post's South Carolina Pick 4 evening results history (www.lotterypost.com/) includes both combinations.game/176/results
Lottery spo ...
Mar 16, 2010, 11:28 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. Lottery sales up by 3 percent; Powerball sales down
It's early yet, but the multi-state lottery game Mega Millions has not sent lottery ticket sales shooting through the roof in South Carolina.
Overall, sales are up about 3 percent. But sales for the state's other multi-state game Powerball are down.
For roughly its first month of operation in South Carolina, the Mega Millions jackpot game had sales of $2.3 million, according to state lottery figures, as South Carolinians got their first crack at a second, high-sweepstakes game.
For roug ...
Mar 8, 2010, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. Lottery ending MegaMatch 6 game
To avoid confusion with Mega Millions
The South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) announced MegaMatch 6 will end with the Tuesday, December 29 drawing.
The MegaMatch 6 rolling jackpot game has enjoyed a successful run for nearly two years, generating more than $24 million in sales and over $16 million in prizes.
MegaMatch 6 has been a vital part of our family of games, said Paula Harper Bethea, SCEL's Executive Director. These games are fun but are primarily designed to raise money for ...
Dec 3, 2009, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. Lottery board votes to add Mega Millions
The South Carolina Education Lottery Commission voted Tuesday to move forward with the proposal to add the Mega Millions game to the line-up of games currently offered for sale in the Palmetto State.
The nine-member Board voted unanimously to allow cross-selling of Mega Millions and Powerball as early as January 31, 2010.
South Carolina is one of 31 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands belonging to the Multi-State Lottery Association which operates Powerball. SCEL b ...
Nov 10, 2009, 11:26 pm - Lottery News forum
$260M Powerball lottery jackpot claimed by S.C. retiree
The wait is over to discover who won the massive $260 million Powerball multi-state lottery jackpot last Wednesday night.
This afternoon at a news conference held at the Lottery's Columbia claims center on Assembly Street, the lucky winner was revealed to be a retired South Carolina state employee who spent two bucks for Powerball tickets.
Solomon Jackson Jr., of Columbia, refused Tuesday to say much about himself or his plans, including whether he will take his winnings annually over thre ...
Aug 25, 2009, 3:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Paula Bethea named interim S.C. Lottery chief
The S.C. lottery has hired one of the games' original commissioners to be its interim executive director, an official said Wednesday.
Paula Harper Bethea, a Bluffton civic leader and McNair Law Firm executive, is expected to take over daily operations of the $1 billion-a-year lottery later this month, said Tim Madden, lottery commission chairman.
Bethea will succeed executive director Ernie Passailaigue. He resigned July 1 to start the Arkansas lottery, which is expected to begin sales lat ...
Jul 9, 2009, 8:04 am - Lottery News forum
$800,000 lottery ticket expires Wednesday
A winning lottery ticket worth $800,000 sold in Belton, South Carolina, expires this Wednesday, and the lottery has not heard from the ticket's owner.
The MegaMatch 6 ticket was bought about six months ago at a KMO store in Belton. The winning numbers in the Jan. 2 drawing were 4, 7, 17, 18, 25 and 28.
Winning tickets must be claimed in person by the end of the business day within 180 days of the draw date printed on the ticket. Claims are made at one of three lottery claims centers, locat ...
Jun 29, 2009, 1:31 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery hires away S.C. director
New director is 3rd highest-paid in U.S.
The Arkansas Lottery Commission has hired Ernie Passailaigue, the director of the South Carolina lottery, to lead the formation of Arkansas' newly approved lottery program.
He will start the job July 1 and be paid a salary of $324,000. It's possible that lottery ticket sales could begin as early as October.
Passailaigue (pronounced Pass'-a-laig) is a past president of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, a lottery tra ...
Jun 18, 2009, 9:47 pm - Lottery News forum
S.C. lottery chief says Arkansas can clear $125M in first year
New commission urged to focus on hiring director
South Carolina lottery director Ernie Passailaigue estimated that the Arkansas lottery could clear roughly $125 million in net profit its first year.
Passailaigue spoke to Arkansas Lottery Commission members Thursday afternoon at a working retreat held at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute within Petit Jean State Park. Joining him to pass along expertise in helping implement successful state lotteries was Margaret DeFrancisco, director of th ...
May 15, 2009, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum