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Columbia, SC (October 14, 2004): It took only one Carolina Millionaire second-chance entry and Ken Holcomb walked away with $1 million.

“It’s unbelievable,” Holcomb said. “That I went through this whole process and came out the winner. I can’t believe it.”

Tonight, the South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) awarded $1 MILLION to its first South Carolinian. Holcomb won the Grand Prize in SCEL’s Summer Promotion, Carolina Millionaire! Players had to send in $20 worth of non-winning qualifying tickets to enter.

Holcomb and his wife, Gina, said their lives won’t change much. But their children’s future has.

“The main thing is securing their education,” he said. “I like what the lottery is doing to support education.”

Holcomb said they’re also going to help their church, Holston Creek Baptist, finish a mission project in Nicaragua.

“Some of this money will help house 15 orphans,” Gina Holcomb said. “Our church is helping to build a safe haven for them.”

Holcomb along with nine other finalists vying for the million dollars were chosen in a second-chance drawing held last month. SCEL received more than 243,000 entries for give away. The following nine finalists won an all inclusive trip to the Caribbean valued at $4,200:

Janie Ardrey of Charlotte, N.C.
Mystyen Davis of Dalzell
Amy Leonard of Boiling Springs
Frankie Littles of West Columbia
Marvin Minoda of Fort Mill
Richard A. Reed of Greenwood
Michael Rotenberry of Kings Mountain, N.C.
Travis Weeks of Greenwood
Estelle Bennett of Anderson

Audience member Robert Hall, of Batesburg-Leesville, also won an all inclusive Caribbean Vacation package for two. The public was asked to bring non-winning Carolina Payout ticket to the Grand Prize Drawing event to enter the second-chance drawing.

“I screamed like a little girl,” Hall said. “I’m going to take one of my co-workers on the trip.”

Hall also receives $500 in spending cash for the trip.

Since January 2002, SCEL has transferred more than $664 million to the State Education Lottery Account for distribution according to South Carolina legislation.

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