COLUMBIA -- The director of South Carolina's Education Lottery said it will not be possible to significantly increase sales.

The State newspaper reported that Paula Harper Bethea said Tuesday that sales have reached about $1.1 billion.

Bethea said state lottery sales have not changed in recent years despite the economic downturn and the start of North Carolina's lottery in 2006. But she said it will be hard to find new players in a small state like South Carolina. She said the lottery is not trying to get those who play the games to play more.

Nearly two-thirds of lottery revenue goes for prizes. Most of the rest of the money goes for college scholarships.

Columbia Sen. John Courson said the state eventually will have to limit the number of scholarships offered.