Created: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 10:06:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:46:29 EST
CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Ellen Degeneres kicks off her 11th season right here on WCCB Charlotte on Monday September 9th. Ellen gave away some great prizes to viewers over the summer. Not one, but two Charlotte viewers became big winners.
Algie Tillery has been watching Ellen on WCCB Charlotte since the first season and has never missed an episode. From Ellen's giving heart to watching Sohpia Grace and Rosie, Algie says the show makes her laugh, smile and just feel good.
When she filled out the contest form online she never thought she would actually win, "You go thru the process of putting in your little contest entries, but you never think you're going to win, I mean you hope that you win."
Ellen hooked her up big time. She won an all expense paid trip for her and her sister Linda to travel to Australia. Algie says this is not an ordinary trip, "My birthday's in November, November the 15th and I wanted to make sure I was there to celebrate my birthday."
During her vacation she plans to visit the famous Sydney Opera House, travel across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and of course do a little shopping.
The nearly $10,000.00 trip is a dream vacation she could never afford. Now it's a reality---Thanks to Ellen, even if she didn't believe it when she got the call from a show producer, "He probably had to tell me a good 20 times that this is for real, that this is not a joke, that I had won."
A big congratulations also goes out to to Rachel Webb. She is another Charlotte viewer who won a trip to Australia for watching Ellen's "Summer of all Summer" giveaways right here on WCCB Charlotte.