The South Carolina Education Lottery started in January 2002 as an initiative to increase revenue for public education. During Fiscal Year 2003 the lottery generated nearly $727 million in revenue, providing more than $220 million for the Education Lottery Account in the State Treasurer’s office.
Since the South Carolina Education Lottery began in 2002, it has transferred more than $5 billion to the Education Lottery Account. In Fiscal Year 2017-2018, the SC Lottery transferred $434 million to education and paid out over $1.1 to winning lottery players.
Lottery proceeds have generated $3.46 billion to support scholarships and grants and benefited K-12 schools with more than $87 million which supports the South Carolina Technology Initiative.