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S.C. Considers Summer Semester Scholarships

Sept. 10, 2013 – In response to the University of South Carolina’s expanded summer course offerings – now a full third semester is available during the summer months – Gov. Nikki Haley has asked whether S.C. Lottery scholarship funds could be expanded to support summer semesters at USC and elsewhere. The S.C. Commission on Higher Education will team up with representatives from the state’s colleges to determine how lottery-funded scholarships for fall and spring semesters could be spread to cover a third semester in the year. But first, they’ll need to figure out a way to implement a new scholarship structure. Haley’s proposal to offer scholarships for summer semesters would not change the $10,000 cap on yearly scholarship amounts or the eight-semester eligibility period, according to GreenvilleOnline.com. However, the state would need to provide an initial boost to the lottery’s scholarship fund for those students who wanted to use part of a lottery-funded scholarship during a summer semester. Figuring out just how much of a boost the program would need from the state’s coffers is the first task for the investigators. Haley told Greenville Online that she expects any costs would “smooth-out over time” as students taking summer semesters use their eight-month scholarship in a shorter period of time. The extra semester would allow students to pursue internships during the fall and spring semesters, or to simply graduate sooner – students taking three semesters each year could graduate in just over two years, rather than four. Offering a full third semester during the summer benefits colleges and universities as well.  Haley pointed out that colleges are “changing the way they do business [to] adapt to rising healthcare and construction costs.” “We at the state level have an obligation [to create] an environment in which our institutions have the ability to tailor their offerings,” Haley said....

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Enter to win a Honda Rancher 4X4 ATV from the South Carolina Lottery

Aug. 28, 2013 – If you dream of conquering rough terrain, you’d better get yourself one of the South Carolina Education Lottery’s new Honda scratch-off tickets.  The game costs $3, and gives you better than 1 in 4 odds for winning any of the prizes offered on the scratch-off ticket itself. Those prizes range from a $3 break-even prize to a $75,000 top prize.  To play, match any of “Your Numbers” with any “Winning Number” and win the prize shown.  Uncovering a key symbol will instantly win you the prize shown, and a “5X” means you automatically win five times the prize amount shown. But the scratch-off ticket is only half the game.  Real off-road enthusiasts may even be wishing for non-winning Honda tickets, because the Lottery is giving away 15 Honda Rancher 4×4 ATVs through three Honda second-chance drawings. That’s right, by the time the second-chance drawings are over, 15 lucky lottery players will be owning the dirt in South Carolina on brand new Honda Rancher ATVs. The Rancher 4×4 ATV is valued at $9,900, and comes with Honda’s Electronic Power Steering and Electronic Shift Program – key features for conquering tough terrain.  Honda’s engineers have also figured out the best way to get power to the ground with their front-to-back engine and crankshaft, which allows a smaller but more powerful engine to push you over any obstacle you might meet. To enter for your chance to win one of these awesome Honda machines, submit non-winning $3 Honda scratch-offs online or by mail.  Visit the South Carolina Lottery’s website for contact information, or sign up for a free Player’s Club account for instant access to great second-chance promotions. There will be three drawings for the Honda second-chance promotion.  The first will be held Oct. 31, the second drawing will be Jan. 30, and the third drawing date has yet to be announced.  The final drawing will also give second-chance players one last shot at winning a $75,000 cash...

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Carolina Cash 6 Game Ending

Aug. 13, 2012 – The South Carolina Education Lottery announced Monday in a press release that the draw game will end after the drawing Thursday, Oct. 17. The Lottery said that the Cash 6 game, which was introduced at the beginning of April this year, hadn’t gained much traction; ticket sales fell short of expectations. “Our players never fully embraced the Carolina Cash 6 game, and without their support there was no reason to continue selling tickets…” said Paula Harper Bethea, the Lottery’s executive director. “We continually refresh products and listen to feedback from our players,” she said.  “Our players have spoken on Carolina Cash 6. We owe it to them and to the state to discontinue the game and find other ways to maximize funding for education.” The press release said the game will reign in advance draw sales as the deadline nears.  Players will be able to purchase tickets for the final Cash 6 drawing up to 6:45 P.M., and the drawing will take place at 6:59 P.M. Winners have 180 days to claim their prizes, and once that period ends and all prizes have been paid out, remaining, unclaimed prize money will go directly towards education programs in the...

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South Carolina Launches Guy Harvey Game

July 16, 2013 – The South Carolina launched its newest scratch-off game Tuesday, the $5 Guy Harvey game, which features artwork from marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey. The four different tickets will feature native South Carolina marine wildlife – the red drum fish, the dolphin fish (Mahi-Mahi), the sailfish, and the loggerhead sea turtle – the state’s official reptile. Executive director of the South Carolina Education Lottery Paula Harper Bethea said “We are thrilled to partner with Guy Harvey and can’t thank him enough for sharing his talents and passion with the Education Lottery and our state.” While the South Carolina Education Lottery exclusively funds education in the state, Harvey has said that any proceeds he receives from the games will be donated to South Carolina conservation groups. “We strongly believe that it’s important to teach and educate the public to be responsible stewards of our marine environments,” Harvey said. One of the groups which is set to receive funding from the game’s proceeds is the Coastal Conservation Association of South Carolina.  It’s executive director, Scott Whitaker, is thrilled to have Harvey’s support in the state. “Having a leader like Guy Harvey enthusiastically support our state’s marine conservation and management efforts is tremendously beneficial and we are honored to be a part of this program,” Whitaker said. There are five top prizes available on the scratch-off game, each worth $100,000, but the South Carolina Lottery is also offering players with non-winning tickets a second chance at winning big. The Guy Harvey second-chance promotion will have three drawings with grand prizes of either a luxury vacation to Kiawah Island, a fishing trip with Guy Harvey himself, or $100,000. The first drawing, for the Kiawah Island Golf Resort getaway, will be held Thursday Sept. 19. The second drawing, which will decide the winner of a four-day, three-night trip to Grand Cayman Island to go fishing with Guy Harvey, will held Thursday, Nov. 21. The date of the third drawing has yet to be set....

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South Carolina Lottery’s Best Year Since 2006

July 15, 2013 – The South Carolina Education Lottery Friday announced that it had reached record sales and was able to make the best returns to education since 2006 In a press release, the Lottery said that deposits to its education fund totaled $300 million, just $22 million shy of the seven-year-old record for education returns. Since the Lottery began selling tickets in 2002, it has been able to return $3.1 billion to education programs in the state. While they were not able to best the 2006 education funding record, this year did bring in record sales – $1.2 billion – thanks to larger Powerball jackpots, revamped instant games, and larger prizes for in-state draw games. And the Lottery was able to launch four more instant games this year than last, offering players 73 different choices for scratch-off tickets. The Lottery’s executive director Paula Harper Bethea sad it was a “very successful year as a direct result of our employees, our vendors and our retailers all working hard and with a commitment to excellence.” “When partnered with the support of our lottery customers, it’s a team that’s hard to beat,” Bethea said. That support from customers paid off in a big way for players in the past year too.  Winners hauled off $775.5 million in prizes during fiscal year 2012-2013, about $54 million more than the previous year. With new partnerships formed this year, the Lottery hopes it can continue to see record-breaking sales numbers in years to come. NASCAR and Darlington Raceway joined in on the fun by sponsoring South Carolina’s FAN-tastic scratch-off game and second-chance promotion, and former University of South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore helped promote responsible gambling in a series of television commercials....

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Two Summerville Players Win $350,005 Friday

June 17, 2013 – Two big-winner tickets were sold last week at South Carolina Lottery retailers less than ten miles apart.  One ticket won $100,000 and the other won $250,000. Neither winner wished to release their name, but both Summerville men had stories for the South Carolina Lottery. The man who won $250,000 stopped in at an EZ Stop store while on his lunch break and bought a $10 Big Money scratch-off ticket. He told Lottery officials that when he got back to work and realized he’d won, he suddenly lost his appetite and threw his McDonald’s take-out into the trash. “I don’t play to lose, I play to win,” he added. The second winner, who won a total of $100,005 from scratch-offs, told the Lottery he’s a big racing fan.  That’s why he bought theFAN-tastic scratch-offs that won him his prize. After breaking even on the first $5 ticket, he scratched off the second FAN-tastic ticket to find out he’d won $100,000. “I don’t show a lot of excitement,” he said.  “But winning is kind of fun.” Both men told the Lottery they’d be paying off their homes, and the retailers – EZ Stop and Oakbrook Express stores in Summerville – will each recieve a 1 percent commission for selling the grand prize winners. Summerville is a city of about 50,000 people, and is about an hour-and-a-half drive from the South Carolina Lottery claims office in Columbia,...

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