SC Introduces Mobile App with Scientific Games Partnership ExtensionLegal
Sources have released an announcement of a six year extension between the South Carolina Lottery and Scientific Games, continuing their 18-year partnership when the lottery debuted in 2002.
What Exactly is Scientific Games?
Scientific Games is a Las Vegas based corporation that is a global leader in gaming and lottery operations. They have designed and manufactured every instant lottery game sold in South Carolina. The recent six year extension includes various additions to the current contract, including warehousing, a new state-of-the-art distribution facility and a lottery mobile app that offers interactive services.
South Carolina Education Lottery Executive Director Hogan Brown stated: “We have accomplished great results over the past 18 years, working with Scientific Games as our primary instant games provider. Continuing the Scientific Games Enhanced Partnership program, a partnership proven highly successful, will strengthen our ability to responsibly optimize revenue for education in South Carolina.”
In 2019, The lottery had its most successful 12-month period since the beginning of their collaboration, totaling $1.98 billion in revenue involved in ticket sales. After the distribution of player prizes, commissions paid and general operating expenses fulfilled, $487.6 million remained from the ticket sales and that revenue was delivered to South Carolina's state education.
Future of Online Platforms with their Operations
Online lottery platforms are currently only available in eight state lotteries. South Carolina is not currently one of the states listed, but strides are being made to make this available in the state's near future.
Currently, the South Carolina Lottery offers instant games and terminal generated games. The portfolio of gaming currently consists of Pick 3, Pick 4, Palmetto Cash 5, and Lucky for Life. They also participate in the interstate games Powerball and Mega Millions.
The state terminal generated games are commonly described as ‘online games,’ causing confusion among Palmetto lottery players.
A South Carolina Lottery website stated the following:
“The term ‘online game’ has nothing to do with the internet. In fact, you are only allowed to buy lottery tickets from a licensed lottery retailer. The word ‘online’ is used because the terminals used to validate and dispense the tickets have an ‘always on’ data line that connects the retailer’s terminal to a centralized computer system.”
The South Carolina Lottery App currently available on Apple and Android devices allows players to view winning numbers, check tickets and second-chance promotions.
There may be no current plans to offer lottery games on online platforms in South Carolina, There has been elevated concern of lottery sales at brick-and-mortar locations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. State lotteries involved with online gaming are continually reporting increases in their platform revenue, and more states, including South Carolina, are making aggressive attempts to legalize what seems to be the future of the online sports betting and overall gaming industry.