South Carolina

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Major events in South Carolina gaming history


The Bingo Tax Act authorizes charitable bingo


Video poker grows rapidly, reaching a peak of more than 30,000 machines in the late 1990s


A central monitoring system for video poker is established but never implemented


A scheduled vote to let the citizens decide whether to keep video poker was declared unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court


Video poker machines are banned effective July 1
In November, voters approve a measure to establish a state lottery


The South Carolina Education Lottery begins ticket sales in January
The Lottery launches Pick 3 in March, Carolina 5 in June and Powerball in October


Pick 4 launches in January


The legislature authorizes bingo to be played on electronic devices


Palmetto Cash 5 replaces Carolina 5 in February


The Lottery’s first raffle game is drawn in January


The Lottery introduces MegaMatch 6 in February


MegaMatch 6 is discontinued in December


Mega Millions is added in January


The Lottery launches Carolina Cash 6 in April; the game is discontinued in October


The Lottery launches the multi-state game Lucky for Life in January



The South Carolina Education Lottery was established in 2001 and ticket sales began in January 2002 with instant games. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Lucky for Life, Pick 3, Pick 4, Palmetto Cash 5 and Add-A-Play (instant games printed through the terminal when included in a base game purchase). The Lottery also offers limited-run raffle games.

Lottery proceeds are used to support improvements and enhancements for educational purposes and programs as provided by the General Assembly; the Legislature decides how lottery funds are appropriated each year.

South Carolina Education Lottery
1333 Main Street, 4th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone (803) 737-2002


Charitable gaming

Nonprofit groups organized for fraternal, religious or charitable purposes which operated in South Carolina for at least three years may apply for a license to conduct bingo.

South Carolina Department of Revenue
Bingo Licensing and Enforcement
P.O. Box 125
Columbia, SC 29214-0026
Phone (803) 898-5393


Last updated on March 12, 2016