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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- This week lawmakers are still working on the budget at the State House.

This year, lawmakers have a good problem when it comes to lottery funds in the form of surplus.

"It is wonderful and we have been able to do that because we have had these larger jackpots in Mega Millions and Powerball, we do really well with those tickets, whether we win the big jackpot or not," Paula Harper Bethea, executive director of the South Carolina Education Lottery.

According to lottery officials,when the jackpots grow, the number of players grows as well, attracting players that don't always try their luck at the big money.

Bethea said, "Because of some of those larger jackpots, we have a little more to transfer to the state this year, our goal is always, how much we can transfer to education in South Carolina."

The money that comes from the lottery can only be used for: college scholarships, to supplement public education, towards school buses or to public libraries.

"All of that ties back to building a better quality of life, moving forward for all South Carolinians and last year we transferred about $298 million dollars to the state," according to Bethea.

This year though, the state expects an additional $27 million to be collected, with an extra $7 million expected in the fiscal year that starts on July 1st.

However, no matter how much money goes towards education from the lottery here in the state, Betheahopes every who does play, remembers it is just a game.

Bethea said, "Play responsibly, don't go spend more money than you have, don't take money from something that is important, because as much as we care about what we send to education in South Carolina, we care a lot more about our players."

Since the South Carolina Education Lottery began in 2002, they have transferred more than $3 billion dollars to education in the state.

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