The executive director of the South Carolina Education Lottery announced Wednesday that an internal investigation revealed an accounting discrepancy in early October.
Officials immediately notified the State Law Enforcement Division, and an investigation is underway, according to a release from lottery officials.
"I can say that appropriate actions have been taken and any accounting discrepancies have been resolved,” said Paula Harper Bethea, the lottery’s executive director. “Although tight internal control mechanisms were in place to prevent this type of action, someone intent on circumventing procedures and controls found a way. Even more stringent additional monitoring procedures are now in place to detect this kind of activity in the future.”
All lottery retailers, players and prizes are protected.
“The people of South Carolina and our lottery players can know that at no time was the integrity or the security of the central gaming system or any of our games affected,” Bethea said.