South Carolina Lottery Games

GamePrize TypeNumbersSale Closes
Pick 3 MiddayTop Prize3 from 0-912:45 p.m.
Pick 3 EveningTop Prize3 from 0-96:45 p.m.
Pick 4 MiddayTop Prize4 from 0-912:45 p.m.
Pick 4 EveningTop Prize4 from 0-96:45 p.m.
Palmetto Cash 5Top Prize5 from 1-386:45 p.m.
PowerballJackpot5 from 1-69 + 1 from 1-269:59 p.m.
Mega MillionsJackpot5 from 1-70 + 1 from 1-2510:00 p.m.
Lucky for LifeTop Prize5 from 1-48 + 1 from 1-189:35 p.m.

Game Schedule

Pick 3 Midday12:59 p.m.12:59 p.m.12:59 p.m.12:59 p.m.12:59 p.m.12:59 p.m.
Pick 3 Evening6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.
Pick 4 Midday12:59 p.m.12:59 p.m.12:59 p.m.12:59 p.m.12:59 p.m.12:59 p.m.
Pick 4 Evening6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.
Palmetto Cash 56:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.6:59 p.m.
Powerball10:59 p.m.10:59 p.m.
Mega Millions11:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.
Lucky for Life10:35 p.m.10:35 p.m.

*All times are displayed in South Carolina local time.

Draws & Game Updates

All games will continue as normal but the Minimum jackpot (starting jackpots) for South Carolina Powerball and Mega Millions have been removed.

Advance Draws

The number of consecutive draws each South Carolina State Lottery games allows you to play:

GameAdvanced Draws
Pick 3 Middayup to 14
Pick 3 Eveningup to 14
Pick 4 Middayup to 14
Pick 4 Eveningup to 14
Palmetto Cash 5up to 40
Powerballup to 20
Mega Millionsup to 20
Lucky for Lifeup to 20

Tax Information

South Carolina Lottery Federal, and state tax withholdings on winnings for U.S. citizens or residents. 

WinningsTax CategoryPercentage
Over $500 and up to $5,000State Tax7.0%
Over $500 and up to $5,000Federal Tax0.0%

If the winner is not a U.S. citizen or is not a US resident, South CarolinaLottery tax withholdings on winnings are as such:

WinningsTax CategoryPercentage
Over $5,000State Tax7.0%
Over $5,000Federal Tax24.0%

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About the South Carolina Lottery

The South Carolina Educational Lottery sold its first ticket in 2002 after being approved by the General Assembly in 2001. Its core objective is to fund various educational initiatives from the proceeds of ticket sales. It has since contributed more than $5.5 billion towards K-12 programs, community education, and scholarships.

The SCEL is mindful of the obligation to raise funds in a socially aware manner and strongly supports responsible gambling initiatives in advertising campaigns. 

Its marketing expenses run at an average of 0.44% of gross sales. It also aims to remain transparent and well-managed in managing the funds generated and distributed by the South Carolina State Lottery. It has proven itself on the above statement by currently boasting as the Lottery with the lowest operating expenses of any lottery in the US.

With the proceeds from the Lottery, South Carolina funded some noteworthy causes. Overall, the SCEL revenue was doled out as follows:

  • Funds paid towards education – $487.6 million
  • Prizes to winners paid out – $1.31 billion
  • Commissions paid to affiliates & retailers – $140 million
  • Total ticket sales – $1.98 billion

The SCEL is a prominent contributor to the welfare of the state. Its continued stewardship promises a brighter future not only for the South Carolina Lottery winners but also for all who benefit from its excellent initiatives.

South Carolina Lottery FAQ

Yes. All lottery winnings in South Carolina are subject to state and federal taxes. Furthermore, the South Carolina Lottery must withhold a specific percentage of all winnings for tax purposes.

Most importantly, sign the back of your winning ticket to validate yourself as the rightful owner. If you win less than $500, you can redeem your prize at any authorized retailer.

Alternatively, you can mail or personally deliver your ticket to the Official Lottery Office in Columbia. Postal Address is SC Educational Lottery, PO Box 11039, Columbia. SC 29211-1039

You can buy your lottery tickets from any of the licensed participating retailers. However, you can’t sell or purchase lottery tickets over the phone, email, or online.

The legal age to participate in the South Carolina Lottery is 18.

You have 180 days to claim your prize from the day the South Carolina Lottery results are determined.

All authorized retailers will have the winning numbers available. You can also download the South Carolina Lottery app for Android and iOS for instant results of all the draws.

You are solely responsible for keeping your lottery ticket safe. The South Carolina Lottery can not be held liable for lost or damaged cards.

Instant daily wins with the South Carolina Lottery scratch tickets

South Carolina Lottery Lucky for life – Mondays & Thursdays at 10:35 pm

South Carolina Lottery PowerBall – Wednesdays & Saturdays at 10:59 pm

South Carolina Lottery Mega Millions – Tuesdays & Fridays at 11 pm

Palmetto Cash 5 – Daily at 6:59 pm

Pick 3 Midday – Monday to Saturday at 12:59 pm

Pick 3 Evening – Monday to Sunday at 6:59 pm

Pick 4 Midday – Monday to Saturday at 12:59 pm

Pick 4 Evening – Monday to Sunday at 6:59 pm

Yes. It offers three second-chance games: Million Dollar Mega Multiplier, Game of Suits, and Cleansweep.

These are South Carolina Lottery codes used to verify winning tickets in cases where the South Carolina Lottery ticket scanners are out of order.

Yes! Fortunately, South Carolina falls under the few states where it is still allowed legally.

Yes. You can purchase tickets for advance draws for all the games.

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