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TO AMEND SECTION 59-150-60, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE POWERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA LOTTERY COMMISSION, SO AS TO DELETE CERTAIN LIMITATIONS ON AMOUNTS IT SPENDS ON ADVERTISING; TO AMEND SECTION 59-150-130, RELATING TO LOTTERY VENDORS, SO AS TO DELETE THE PROHIBITION AGAINST THE LOTTERY COMMISSION CONTRACTING WITH A LOTTERY VENDOR IF THE FEE OR COMMISSION PAYABLE IS CONTINGENT ON A LOTTERY PROFITABILITY MEASURE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 59-150-210, RELATING TO THE SALE OF LOTTERY TICKETS, SO AS TO DELETE THE PROHIBITION AGAINST SALES ON THE DATE OF A GENERAL OR PRIMARY ELECTION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 59-150-60(A)(18) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 59 of 2001, is amended to read:
"(18) advertise and promote the lottery and lottery games in a dignified manner befitting the State, but only in compliance with the same state and federal standards of truth in advertising which govern private advertisers engaged in interstate commerce and including the restrictions described in this item.
The amount spent on advertising must not exceed 7.5 million dollars during the initial year of operation of the lottery. During the second and subsequent years of operation of the lottery, the amount spent on advertising must not exceed one percent of the previous year's gross sales. The board must establish an advertising policy to ensure that advertising content and practices do not target with the intent to exploit specific ethnic groups or economic classes of people, and that the content of the advertising is accurate and not misleading. Lottery advertising must not contain the name or picture of an elected official or state seal or its likeness. The board must review, at least quarterly, all past lottery advertising and proposed concepts for major media campaigns to ensure that the advertising did not and does not target with the intent to exploit specific ethnic groups or economic classes of people, and that the content is accurate and not misleading. The commission must promote fair and responsible play, including disclosure of the odds of winning, and must ensure that any advertising used does not exhort the public to bet by misrepresenting, directly or indirectly, a person's chance of winning a prize. The commission may use interviews, pictures, or statements from people who have won lottery prizes to show that prizes are won and awarded. If the board finds that advertising conflicts with these policies, the board must cause the cessation of that advertising. In addition, wherever lottery game tickets are sold, the commission must provide information regarding resources for persons with gambling problems. Wherever lottery game tickets are sold, a lottery retailer must post a conspicuous sign in a prominent location, inside the retailer's premises and adjacent to the point of sale, clearly warning of the dangers and risks of gambling and the odds of winning and the odds of losing;"
SECTION 2. Section 59-150-130(J) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 59 of 2001, is amended to read:
The commission is prohibited from contracting with a lottery vendor if the fee or commission payable in connection with the service or product is contingent, in whole or in part, upon performance of lottery sales or other lottery profitability measure. Reserved"
SECTION 3. Section 59-150-210(E) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 59 of 2001, is amended to read:
"(E) A lottery ticket or share must not be sold
on the date of any general or primary election; for a lottery game other than that defined in Section 59-150-20(7) ; or for a lottery game with corporate sponsorship."
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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