Players of South Carolina Education Lottery games must be 18 years or older to buy or redeem tickets, which can be purchased at retailers throughout the state.
South Carolina Legislation states that proceeds of the lottery be used to "support improvements and enhancements for educational purposes and programs as provided by the General Assembly and that the net proceeds must be used to supplement, not supplant, existing resources for educational purposes and programs." In the period 2002 to 2010 more than $2.2 billion has been generated by the lottery for this purpose. Historically 73.36% of this has funded higher education programs and scholarships, 24.16% to K-12 programs, and 2.48% to other community programs.
Prizes of $500 and less can be redeemed at any South Carolina Education Lottery retailer. Prizes from $501 to $100,000 can be claimed by mail, or at one of the regional redemption centers, located at Columbia, Greenville, and Charleston. Prizes greater than $100,000 must be claimed in person at the lottery's regional redemption centers. If mailing your winning ticket you'll need to fill out a claim form, and send in your signed ticket. Be sure to keep a copy of the front and back of all documents you send, and if it's a larger cash prize, it's advisable to send your claim by certified or registered mail.
South Carolina Education Lottery advise that as soon as possible after purchasing your ticket you should sign the back of the ticket, otherwise anyone in possession of a winning ticket may file a claim.
Prizes are not exempt from Federal tax, and by law, for prizes more than $5,000 South Carolina Education Lottery must withhold some of the prize for Federal Income tax.