Nov. 26, 2013 – The South Carolina Education Lottery announced Tuesday that they had reached a very important milestone: the one hundredth ticket worth $1 million or more has been sold.
The 100 winners have collected more than $1 billion altogether, winning with Powerball, Mega Millions, scratch-offs, raffles, and second chance promotions, according to a Lottery press release.
Seven of those millionaires won Powerball jackpots, most recently a jackpot worth about $400 million claimed by an anonymous winner from Columbia, S.C.
But those 100 millionaires aren’t the only lucky benefactors. The retailers where all 100 winning tickets were sold have collected almost $1 million in commission.
The state too, has benefited from taxes applied to these giant wins. The Lottery’s press release said $70 million in taxes has been collected from these 100 lucky winners.
Paula Harper Bethea, executive director of the South Carolina Lottery, said it is “wonderful not only for the lucky winners, but for the Lottery, its retailers, and the state of South Carolina.
Thirty-six of the 100 big winners scored their $1 million or larger prizes on scratch-offs, and the South Carolina Lottery has paid out more than $7 billion in prizes altogether since they started selling tickets in 2002.