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
S.C. Lottery to honor 2 sets of Pick 3 numbers
The South Carolina Lottery says it will honor two sets of Evening Pick 3 numbers for Tuesday night's drawing.
One set of numbers (3-6-4) was certified by an independent auditor, while another set (3-6-7) was drawn during the evening Pick 3 drawing.
Players holding Pick 3 tickets bearing the numbers 3-6-7 for the Tuesday, October 7 evening draw must take or mail their tickets to the Columbia Claims Center for processing and prize payment. Sign the ticket back and complete the required infor ...
Oct 12, 2014, 6:26 pm - Lottery News forum
36 SC stores suspended from lottery sales
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Lottery officials in South Carolina say three dozen stores have been suspended from selling tickets because of their involvement in the operation of illegal gambling machines.
Holli Armstrong with the South Carolina Education Lottery told local media that the stores are being suspended for six months because of the illegal machines.
Armstrong says the stores have received a letter about the suspension.
The stores' contracts with the lott ...
Sep 16, 2014, 12:36 pm - Lottery News forum
More people playing, winning in SC Lottery
The South Carolina Education Lottery announced Monday it set records for ticket sales and the amount of money raised for education in the last fiscal year. It also set records for the amount of prize money paid out and the commissions paid to lottery retailers.
Lottery revenue was more than $1.26 billion for the year. Ticket sales grew by $66 million, which meant the amount that got deposited into the lottery's education account was $323.4 million, or $23 million more than the previous year.
Aug 5, 2014, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. woman nearly threw away $250,000 winning lottery ticket
A Bluffton, South Carolina, woman nearly threw away $250,000.
She was cleaning her car more than a month ago when she noticed a lottery ticket she had purchased at the Publix on Buckwalter Place Boulevard. She thought the ticket, which was stuffed under the seat, was worthless.
Before tossing it out, she marked off a few unscratched numbers and realized she'd hit the jackpot: $250,000 on a $250 Grand ticket.
I was shaking, the woman, who declined to be named or interviewed, told S.C. E ...
Jan 9, 2014, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
$400 million S.C. Powerball winner to stay anonymous
There is a man in South Carolina who has been keeping a big secret for the past five days.
Well, he did tell his dog. And, we assume, his wife.
He's probably hoping his recent good fortune stays a secret, but this will be one mighty hard life-changing event to keep under wraps.
South Carolina lottery officials said a man showed up at their office Monday with the winning ticket to last Wednesday's $399.4 million Powerball jackpot.
In a news release, lottery officials said the man was ...
Sep 23, 2013, 6:38 pm - Lottery News forum
One ticket wins $400 million Powerball jackpot
1 winning ticket from South Carolina
Final jackpot total of $399.4 million is fifth-largest ever in USA
By Todd Northrop
Wednesday's massive Powerball jackpot that generated millions of ticket sales this week has been won by a single ticket sold in South Carolina.
The $399.4 million Powerball jackpot, which is the fifth-largest of any lottery game in history, started as a $40 million prize on August 10, 2013, and continued accumulating prize money for 12 consecutive drawings, until i ...
Sep 19, 2013, 6:50 am - Lottery News forum