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Columbia lottery winner gives $10 million to alma mater

Jackson announces the gift (Source: Mathis Photography Studio) Jackson announces the gift (Source: Mathis Photography Studio)
Jackson hands the check to administrators (Source: Mathis Photography Studio) Jackson hands the check to administrators (Source: Mathis Photography Studio)

By Logan Smith - email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Columbia minister who won nearly $260 million in the Powerball lottery made headlines again Thursday by announcing a huge gift for his alma mater.

Thursday morning, Solomon Jackson, Jr. announced he's giving $10 million to Morris College in Sumter, where he studied theology in the 1970s.

Jackson said he "had a great experience learning God's word and fellowshipping with some outstanding teachers, preachers and students."

"This experience helped mold me," Jackson continued proudly. "I am forever grateful for the time I spent at morris College."

Jackson directed that some of the money be used for student scholarships, a new student health services center, a student dormitory, a bus to transport students and faculty safely to off-campus activities.

Some of the money will be used for a new administration building, and a substantial contribution will be made to the school's general endowment fund.

Jackson also made a more personal request for some of the money: a new physical plant building.

"At first blush this might not seem important to some of you, but it is very important to me," explained Jackson. "My father, Solomon Jackson, Sr., worked as a custodian. I witnessed how hard he worked and how well he did his job. My father and mother raised 11 children."

"I pay tribute to all of the custodians who work at Morris College," he finished. "This facility is for you, and I want it to be constructed in my father's memory and named in his honor."

Jackson won the Powerball jackpot in August 2009. He did not say whether he chose to receive the $259 million in annual installments over 30 years, or a $129 million lump sum.

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