Lottery winner donates record gift to Midlands Tech

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Midlands Technical College has announced it has received the largest individual gift in the school’s 41-year-old history.

The school said Thursday that Soloman Jackson of Columbia, a retired state worker who won a $260 million lottery jackpot in 2009, gave his alma mater a $1.25 million gift to be used for scholarships.

Jackson also has donated $10 million to Morris College in Sumter, $1.7 million to the University of South Carolina and $1 million to the South Carolina State Museum.

The announcement came on the same day of new president Ronald Rhames’ inauguration.

Midlands Tech said Rhames is the first graduate of a South Carolina technical college to become its president. He succeeded Sonny White, who retired after nearly a decade at the school.