Education Lottery

On November 7, 2000, the state’s voters approved a referendum by a vote of 54 percent in support of the implementation of a state-run lottery in South Carolina. On June 7, 2001, the South Carolina General Assembly ratified the South Carolina Education Lottery Act (Act 59 of 2001). The Governor signed the Act into law, and the South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) was established.

The legislation that created SCEL also established a board of nine members appointed to staggered three-year terms. The South Carolina Education Lottery Commission was created as an instrument of the State and a public commission, with powers comparable to those exercised by commissions engaged in entrepreneurial pursuits. Three commissioners are appointed by the Governor, three are appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and three are appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Proceeds of lottery games must be used to support improvements and enhancements for educational purposes and programs as provided by the General Assembly. Appropriations from the Education Lottery Account must be used to supplement and not supplant existing funds used for education.