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.