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SC Education Lottery issues info on how to claim your prize money

Posted: Mar 30, 2020 / 04:30 PM EDT / Updated: Mar 30, 2020 / 04:30 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – South Carolina Education Lottery officials said while their claims center is closed, lottery winners can still claim their prize money.

The following is information from an SC lottery news release on claiming your prize:

  • Prizes of $500 or less can be redeemed at any South Carolina Education Lottery retailer
    • The Lottery asks players to be mindful of the restrictions on travel and social contact and that the cash available in some retail outlets may be limited. If you can wait to claim a prize, the Lottery suggests that you sign the back of your ticket and keep it in a safe place.
  • Prizes of $100,000 or less can be claimed by mail
    • Players can mail their signed winning ticket along with a copy of a picture identification (driver’s license, state or military I.D., or passport) and a completed claim form to the address on the back of the ticket. Claim forms are available at sceducationlottery.com. A check will be mailed as quickly as possible. The risk of ticket loss remains with the player, so players should make a copy or take a picture of the front and back of their winning ticket for their records.
  • If you have a winning prize of more than $100,000, please call the Lottery at 803-253-4004 and follow the prompts to leave a message
    • Players should sign the back of a winning ticket and keep their tickets in a safe location.

According to the news release, winning tickets that expired or will expire on or after March 17, 2020, will be accepted and processed for a period of time designated by the lottery.

Officials said tickets can be submitted by mail or presented in-person when the claims center reopens.

For more information on instant games where the closing date for claims is past March 17, 2020, visit sceducationlottery.com.

According to the release, all other tickets that expired before March 17, 2020 cannot be redeemed.

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South Carolina Education Lottery officials said while their claims center is closed, lottery winners can still claim their prize money.

South Carolina Education Lottery says it has surpassed a 200 millionaires milestone

Posted: Oct 26, 2020 / 10:30 AM EDT / Updated: Oct 26, 2020 / 10:30 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – It’s a major milestone for the South Carolina Education Lottery – more than 200 people have won at least $1 million by playing the lottery.

The lottery celebrated its first millionaire 17 years ago when a winning Powerball ticket was sold with an $88 million jackpot in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

This month, the 201 st millionaire was made when a woman purchased a Mega Millions ticket after casting her ballot in Beaufort. While she thought she only won $1,000, her husband looked at the ticket and disagreed.

“No, I think it’s more than that,” he said.

Lottery officials say she matched the first five numbers drawn on Friday to win $1 million. Because she spent the extra $1 for Megaplier, the prize was doubled to $2 million.

“The milestone is not only a win for the millionaires, but for the lottery retailers that sold the winning tickets and the State of South Carolina,” said state lottery officials on Monday.

Lottery millionaires in South Carolina have won more than $2.6 billion in prize money so far, with lottery retailers earning more than $2.5 million in commissions when the tickets were claimed.

The state benefited from more than $182 million in taxes withheld from those winnings.

Most millionaires, 78 of the 201, scratched their way to a $1 million prize, according to SCEL. They say 73 won playing Powerball. Mega Millions, Palmetto Cash 5, raffles and second-chance drawings combined to account for the rest.

Eight of the winners won multi-million-dollar jackpots.

Millionaires included, lottery players in South Carolina have won more than $13 billion in prizes since the games began in 2002.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – It’s a major milestone for the South Carolina Education Lottery – more than 200 people have won at least $1 million by playing the lottery. The lottery celebrated its first millionaire 17 years ago when a winning Powerball ticket was sold with an $88 million jackpot in Fort Mill, South Carolina. […] ]]>