Lottery luck spreads wide across Grand Strand, Pee Dee

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - From January 1 through September 24, lottery players across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee have racked up over $46 million.

Down to the dollar, that's $46,975,936 since the first of the year.

Lottery players in Florence have claimed the most winnings so far, with $13,360,479. And not far behind is Myrtle Beach with $11,309,970.

The City of Hartsville is lucky too; with nearly $7 million is lottery prizes claimed since New Years Day. One of those winners chose to pay for their impending nuptials with their $100,000 prize.

Indeed, the recent sweep of lottery winnings is allowing players to realize their dreams. One Conway couple told lottery officials after claiming their $100,000 prize that they discussed buying a new car, taking a trip and then investing the cash – together.

One of those $100,000 prizes went to a teen in the Myrtle Beach area, who said he's planning on using the cash for school.

Here's a list of the claimed lottery prizes in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee from Jan. 1 through Monday, Sept. 24 from the South Carolina Education Lottery:

City

Winnings

Conway

$7,064,584

Darlington

$3,949,532

Florence

$13,360,479

Hartsville

$6,930,058

Myrtle Beach

$11,309,970

North Myrtle Beach

$2,452,698

Surfside Beach

$1,908,615

According to the South Carolina Education Lottery, there were 72 big winners statewide in 2011 with a total winning near $1.5 million.

For the 2011-12 fiscal year, the sale of lottery tickets totaled more than $1.14 billion, exceeding a billion dollars for the fifth time in lottery history.

More than $297 million was transferred for educational programs, bringing total contributions to the Education Lottery Account since the first lottery ticket was sold in January 2002 to more than $2.8 billion.

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