When David Matney of Bristol, Tenn., bought a ticket to Patriots Point Thursday, he had no idea what awaited him.

Matney was the 9 millionth visitor to the naval and maritime museum in Mount Pleasant, walking away with a prize package of tours, dinners and a cruise valued at nearly $2,500. He is visiting the area with his wife, Stephanie, and their three daughters.

Patriots Point made the announcement aboard the World War II-era aircraft carrier Yorktown, the nation’s first aircraft carrier museum. The Mount Pleasant attraction greeted its first paying visitor on Jan. 3, 1976.

Matney will be treated to a private three-course dinner for two aboard the Yorktown (donated by Corporate Events and Catered Affairs), Charleston Harbor tour for four (donated by SpiritLine Cruises), carriage tour for four (donated by Palmetto Carriage Works) and two–night stay for a family of four, plus dinner and breakfast (donated by Bennett Hospitality).

He will also receive a voucher for a Carnival cruise for two people, helicopter ride at Patriots Point with PeeDee Helicopter, an experience in the Patriots Point flight simulator courtesy of Flight Avionics, merchandise from the gift shop and a year of free visits to Patriots Point.

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