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SC Education Lottery: They said ‘I do,’ then won big on a Lancaster County ticket.

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. (ROCK HILL HERALD) – A Lancaster County lottery ticket could keep the honeymoon going a little longer for one couple.

According to the South Carolina Education Lottery, a recently married couple who chose not to be named, bought a $2 ticket in the $250,000 Cash Bonus game from Jack’s Convenience Store in Lancaster. The ticket hit for the $250,000 top prize.

The husband who bought the ticket and wife who scratched off the winner plan to open a business with the winnings, according to the lottery group.

Odds of winning were 1 in more than 685,000. Four top prizes remain.

The big win in Lancaster County comes after another large claim there, and several smaller wins in York County. An Aug. 25 winner sold at S&S Food Mart in Lancaster hit for $75,000. The same day a winner from Kangaroo Express in Rock Hill hit for $10,000.

According to the lottery, there were 18 winners of $500 or more in York, Lancaster and Chester counties — apart from the $250,000 winner — since Aug. 24. Those wins combine for more than $110,000. Winners came from Rock Hill (9), Fort Mill (3), Richburg, Lancaster, York, Indian Land, Great Falls and Clover.

The lottery funds a variety of public education initiatives. According to the lottery, there have been distributions of more than $51 million in scholarships and $10 million in K-12 education in Lancaster County since 2002.

The husband who bought the ticket and wife who scratched off the winner plan to open a business with the winnings.

SC Education Lottery breaks state revenue record with increase in ticket sales

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – The South Carolina Education Lottery set a new state record by bringing in over $52 million more in revenue this year than last year.

South Carolina Education Lottery Executive Director Hogan Brown said that the lottery has seen increased sales for a few different reasons. One reason is the selling of a $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot. The winning ticket was drawn in October and claimed in March. Brown said another reason for record revenue earnings was an increase in the number of people buying scratch-off tickets.

Residents in South Carolina have a chance to win each week, with three people winning $100,000 or more since July 10.

This year, $1.3 billion dollars went to prize money for winners and $487 million was transferred to the S.C. legislature for education.

Brown said the SCEL doesn’t have control over how much of the increased earnings will go to education programs next year.

“That decision is for the general assembly,” Brown said. “Our role is to raise funds for education and to do it in a responsible manner and then turn those funds over and let the general assembly make those appropriations.”

Lottery retailers also broke a record by bringing in $138 million in commissions.

Since the lottery began in 2002, over $3.8 billion has been put towards scholarships and grants for students at two- and four-year colleges in South Carolina.

The scholarships, including the Palmetto Fellows scholarship, LIFE scholarship, and Hope scholarship, provide aid to South Carolina residents who attend an in-state colleges or universities.

Brown said he hopes the lottery continues to be as successful in future years.

“The lottery is designed to be entertainment,” Brown said. “It’s designed to have a positive impact on all of South Carolina and it’s meant to be fun.”

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The South Carolina Education Lottery set a new state record by bringing in over $52 million more in revenue this year than last year.