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Heading to Las Vegas: Lottery announces first gam

Columbia, SC: The South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) today introduced its first 10 contestants who will be heading to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete on the Powerball Instant Millionaire Game Show.

“These contestants are already winners, but now they’ll have the chance to win even more during their trip to Las Vegas,” said Ernie Passailaigue. “They all have unique stories and will represent the Palmetto state well.”

The following is the list of people who will serve as the first contestants on the Powerball Instant Millionaire Game Show. They are listed in the order they will appear in the first 10 tapings. In some areas, television stations are currently airing the game show. The shows to feature South Carolina players will begin airing on March 1, 2003 on WLTX in Columbia, WCBD in Charleston, WPDE in Florence/Myrtle Beach and WSPA in Greenville.

• Walter Porcher, Jr. of Ravenel, South Carolina,
• Waldron Cephas of Moncks Corner, South Carolina,
• Danny Jorgenson of Lexington, South Carolina,
• Donald Rodgers of Lake City, South Carolina,
• Tracy Lyles of Cherryville, North Carolina,
• Leroy Shivers of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina,
• Doris Tracy of Chesterfield, South Carolina,
• Joe Lucas of Hartsville, South Carolina,
• Sandra Holcomb of Spartanburg, South Carolina
• Mustapha Abraham of Cameron, North Carolina
Powerball Instant Millionaire is a new type of instant, or scratch, game that offers, among other great prizes, a trip to Las Vegas to be a contestant on its game show. Players selected to appear on TV receive the following:
• A trip for two to Las Vegas, Nevada,
• Three nights' accommodations at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino,
• $750 in spending cash and
• Winnings of at least $1,000, with a chance to win $1,000,000.

To qualify as a contestant, players age 18 and older must first purchase a Vegas Jackpot instant ticket. If the player reveals a TV symbol in the play area, he or she should fill out the back of the ticket, place a stamp on the “post card” and mail it to the SCEL.
In a drawing held in early January, 10 people were chosen to appear on the game show and 300 people – 30 per game show contestant -- were selected to be at-home players.

Each at-home player automatically wins $100. Depending on how the South Carolina TV contestant fares on the show, each at-home player could win up to $10,000.

Each game show contestant could play up to three rounds. If the contestant moves to the second round, at-home players will win $500. If the game show contestant advances to the final round and wins $1 million, the at-home players will win $10,000.

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