"Out There...Somewhere": McCormick's Version of 1850's Powerball - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

"Out There...Somewhere": McCormick's Version of 1850's Powerball

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McCormick, SC -

They're as good as gold in McCormick. Gold is in this town's veins. That's the reason for its traditional Gold Rush Festival on Saturday.

"Yes, absolutely, 36 years of celebrating a gold mine, we're built on a gold mine," says Anne Barron, of the McCormick County Chamber of Commerce.

And, there's a city park that's a gold mine, because a long time ago, McCormick struck it rich.

"Billy Dorn came upon a rich deposit of Quartz that had gold in it, he became a wealthy man very quickly," says David Gray, who runs the park.

You know, the same thing happened over in Lexington, South Carolina this week. Somebody won the Powerball worth about $400 million.

But, 160 years ago, it was the McCormick Powerball. They struck gold, and it could happen again...

"There's gold essentially in every creek in the McCormick area," says Gray.

So, forget Powerball, let's start panning...

He may look like an old prospector, but Royce Grizzard earns his gold working for the city of McCormick, but he's not in for panning. "I'd go Powerball, I've worked one job. I don't want to do another full-time," he said.

Four hundred million dollars is pretty easy...at today's prices, about ten tons of gold or the weight of two school buses. At least they're gold.

Tommy Wideman drives school buses for the local Head Start program. He would love a school bus or two made of gold. "I'd be a better driver," he said.

As McCormick celebrates its rich past, there's still a chance you could have a fortune in the future, if you're lucky.

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