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07 February 2011

Ric Flair South Carolina Education Lottery Winner: Finally!, by Greg Tingle - 7th February 2011

G'day punters, journos, sports nuts, high rollers - casino whales, gambling millionaires and billionaires, media tycoons, politicians, insiders, outsiders, wrestling fans ...yes, wrestling fans... one and all. You know who you are. The South Carolina Education Lottery finally has a big winner via the Ric Flair 'Woooooo'! connection... Media Man and Gambling911 check out the Education Lottery and investigate 'Space Mountain' with the special lottery - pro wrestling themed report...

A Winnsboro woman is a new fan of pro wrestling legend and Williams-Brice mainstay Ric Flair after she won $100,000 from a 'Woooooo!' scratch-off ticket.

The woman, who did not wish to be identified (wonder why Not), purchased the ticket at the 97 Express in Richburg, whose owner will collect a 1% retailer bonus of $1,000 for selling the winning ticket.

She advised that only her husband was a fan of the Nature Boy before she uncovered the big prize. Known for his signature, "Wooo!" catchphrase, the South Carolina Education Lottery began Flair's "Lucky Woooooo!" game on January 25th.

The winner's husband told lottery officials that he was walking around their house chanting Flair's "Woooooo!" when his wife told him quieten down.

"Now, I have a new reason to scream "Woooo!" he said in a news release. "She's started saying it."

The couple said they plan to use the money for expenses.

Pro Wrestling - Gambling Trivia...

Kevin 'Diesel' Nash, recently returned to WWE, used to be known in WCW as 'Vinnie Vegas'. Nash still has some gaming links on his official website.

Hulk Hogan, the most famous pro wrestler of all time, will have an online slot game out later this year in a deal done with Endemol. The story goes...

Endemol, along with the licensing division of Bischoff Hervey Entertainment, have partnered with Hulk Hogan to launch online game Hulk Hogan's Hulkamania.
The game, created by recently launched Endemol Games U.K., is expected to hit early next year worldwide and will be distributed internationally by Endemol Worldwide Brands. MX Gaming is co-producing Hulkamania with Endemol and Bischoff Hervey Entertainment. "Endemol Games U.K. is expanding into new areas and this deal marks one of our first third-party licensing partnerships," says Jurian van der Meer, managing director of Endemol Games U.K. "Hulk Hogan is an icon with massive global appeal and we aim to attract his fans with creative online slot games. This is a great addition to our portfolio."

Hogan also has 'The Hulk-A-Mania Experience' land based slot games which is available in some American casinos. Some of the proceeds of the Hulksters have do to The Dreamseekers Foundation, associated with native American casino tribes.

Ric Flair 'The Nature Boy' is apparently keen to explore an online casino game deal featuring his likeness.

WWE released WWE Poker in September 2010. Check it out here

Read the Gambling911 story here

World Wrestling Entertainment once owned a land based casino, that was never fitted out with company branding. They were miraculously were able to sell it for a profit circa 2000.

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Star City Casino, Sydney, Australia (Ric Flair attacks Hulk Hogan)

The South Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) - Background Thanks To Our Friends At Wikipedia...

The South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) began in 2002.
South Carolina is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), best known for Powerball. Like most US lotteries, on January 31, 2010, it participated in the cross-sell lottery expansion, adding Mega Millions. SCEL-only games consist of Pick 3, Pick 4, Palmetto Cash 5, and numerous scratch tickets. Although its drawings are held daily, the SCEL is unique among US lotteries in that players cannot purchase tickets on days when elections (primary or general) are held, such as on November 4, 2008. The minimum age to purchase SCEL tickets is 18.

The North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) - Background Thanks To Our Friends At Wikipedia...

The North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) is run by the government of North Carolina. It was established after Gov. Mike Easley signed the North Carolina State Lottery Act[1] and the 2005 Appropriations Act. The controversial lottery proposal was approved on August 31, 2005, after then-Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue cast a tie-breaking vote in the North Carolina Senate. North Carolina, traditionally associated with the Bible Belt, was the only state on the East Coast without a lottery. The issue divided lawmakers and the public alike. At the time, the opposition of nearly every Republican and a minority of Democratic lawmakers (consisting of progressives) made the passage of a lottery unlikely. These groups denounced the lottery as a regressive tax on the poor. However, on August 30, 2005, two lottery opponents (Harry Brown, R-Jacksonville and John Garwood, R-North Wilkesboro) had excused absences. With this known, a special vote was called, which was 24-24. Lt. Gov. Perdue cast the tiebreaking vote, signaling the way for Gov. Easley to sign it into law. The vote would have been defeated had the absent senators paired their votes.
Education" Controversy: In February 2009, to reduce a budget shortfall, Gov. Perdue withheld approximately $88 million to fill shortfalls in the North Carolina budget. Perdue emptied the $50 million lottery reserve, also withholding $38 million allocated for a school construction budget in direct conflict with the mandate of the NCEL.This controversial move by the Governor prompted North Carolina lawmakers on March 10, 2009 to propose a name change to the NCEL, to remove "Education" from its name.
Proceeds and payouts:
Seven percent is paid to retailers as commission.
Fifty percent is paid as winnings to players.
Eight percent is cost-of-sales.
The remaining 35% goes to education proceeds, broken down as follows:
Before any proceeds are paid, 5% of the proceeds (1.75% of the total) goes to the Education Lottery Reserve Fund to be used when lottery proceeds fall short. This fund may not exceed $100 million. Fifty percent of the remainder (16.625% of the total) goes towards the reduction of class sizes. Forty percent of the remainder (13.3% of the total) is used for school construction. Sixty-five percent of the above (8.645% of the total) is distributed based on school enrollment. The remaining 35% (4.655% of the total) is distributed to counties with effective property tax rates above North Carolina's average based on school enrollment. Ten percent of the remainder (3.325% of the total) are distributed for college scholarships, to be used with the federal Pell Grant. Originally, North Carolina's scratch tickets had an overall payout of 52%, the lowest among scratch tickets then available through US lotteries. While its $1 instant tickets continue to pay out at roughly this level, its newer $2-and-up games now have higher-percentage payouts. The Lottery has continued to generate controversy among North Carolina constituents upset with teacher layoffs who believed the Lottery would have made up the difference. Television: Live Lottery drawings are broadcast on these TV stations:
WRAL-TV in Raleigh, WITN-TV in eastern North Carolina, WCNC-TV in Charlotte, WILM-LP in Wilmington, WYCW in Asheville, WXLV-TV in Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point
There are no designated stations for the Florence/Myrtle Beach or Hampton Roads markets, both covering portions of North Carolina.


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Kevin Nash (aka Diesel and Vinnie Vegas)

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