about the Lottery - Overview

Dear Fellow South Carolinians:

Welcome to the South Carolina Education Lottery's (SCEL) website. Our mission is to enhance educational funding in South Carolina through the fun and entertaining games and products we offer to adults. We hope you enjoy learning more about us as you explore this site.

Our Lottery opened for business in January 2002. Successful from the outset, today our Lottery is a world-class organization, setting records and receiving recognition from industry and business groups alike.

Here are a few highlights from fiscal year 2013-14: 

  • Lottery sales totaled $1.2 billion resulting in the best sales year on record.
  • Deposits to the Education Lottery Account amounted to $330 million, the best since FY 2006 and totaling $3.4 BILLION since the start of the Lottery in 2002
  • Although SCEL has the authority to spend 8% in administrative and gaming overhead (excluding retailer commissions), these expenses were successfully limited to 2.9% of sales. All cost savings result in additional revenue for education.

Although SCEL continues to face new challenges in 2014 and 2015, we remain focused on our goals of raising funds to support education and marketing our products in a socially responsible manner. We will continue to introduce new, exciting products while maintaining our commitment to operating a lottery with the integrity you expect and rightfully deserve, and will remain true to our mission and to the legislation which created the South Carolina Education Lottery.

We appreciate your support and welcome your participation in our worthwhile efforts.


Tim Madden, Chairman

South Carolina Education Lottery Commission

Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of all information contained on this site. This site, however, is not the final authority on games, winning numbers, or other information. all winning tickets must be validated by the SCEL before prizes will be paid. You must be 18 years of age or older to play the games of the South Carolina Education Lottery. Our site is constantly updated with new information. Please check back often.
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