North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries Where the Money Goes
Hogan Brown
Executive Director

South Carolina Education Lottery

  • 1333 Main Street - Suite 400
  • Columbia, SC 29201 - US
  • 803-737-2002
  • $1,980,942,233
  • $488,091,540
    Transfers to Beneficiaries
  • $1,312,062,049
    Prizes Paid to Players
  • 3,898
* Information displayed reflects data collected for fiscal year 2019

Lottery Impact on the Economy

  • In South Carolina, 3,898 retailers generated $1,980,942,233 in gross sales.
  • This economic activity generated $488,091,540 in transfers to beneficiaries.
  • $1,312,062,049 was awarded to players in prizes.

History of South Carolina Education Lottery

South Carolina voters approved a state lottery in November 2000 with a 54 percent majority. The South Carolina Education Lottery Act was signed into law the following spring. The Lottery began ticket sales on January 7, 2002, with four instant games: Scenic South Carolina, Carolina Riches, 3 Times Lucky and the Logo Game. Sales were so strong that the Lottery was able to repay its startup loan in February.

Just two months later, the Lottery launched its first draw game in Pick 3, followed by Carolina 5 in June and Powerball in October. Pick 4 joined the lineup in January 2003. These games propelled the South Carolina Education Lottery to the best per capita sales of any lottery startup in history, an average of $1.87 during its first year.

Lottery proceeds are transferred to the Education Lottery Account. By law, revenues must be used to “supplement, not supplant, existing resources for educational purposes and programs.” Each year, the Legislature decides how lottery funds are appropriated. Lottery funds have been used to support a variety of education programs over the years, including scholarships and grants, the Endowed Chairs Program, public school support and the Allied Healthcare Initiative. Lottery revenues have also been distributed to South Carolina counties for local libraries and to programs that provide gambling addiction treatment.

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