Winners of North Carolina’s second COVID-19 vaccine lottery announced
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The winners of the second North Carolina COVID-19 vaccine cash drawing were announced Thursday at 3 p.m.
Thursday’s $1-million winner was revealed as Natalie Everett from Pineville. The $125,000 scholarship winner was revealed as 16-year old high school student Jessica Klima of Greensboro.
Everett noted she was moved to get vaccinated after spending time researching the vaccine.
“I had COVID-19 and after doing a lot of research, I believe getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent me from getting the virus again,” Everett said.
Klima says she was inspired to get vaccinated after learning her parents received their vaccinations against COVID-19. She has big plans to help others thanks to her scholarship money.
“I plan to go to college and become a physical therapist, so I can help people the way I’ve seen them help others,” Klima said.
The drawing is part of the state’s “Bringing Summer Back” campaign, which was initiated to encourage North Carolina residents to get COVID-19 vaccination. The second drawing took place on July 7.
The adult winner wins the grand prize of $1 million, which ends up being more than 702,000 after taxes.
Minors between the ages of 12 to 17, who have been vaccinated, is eligible for the $125,000 prize for post-secondary education.
There will be two more drawings over the summer, with the next drawing taking place on July 21.
“These life-saving vaccines are our path out of the pandemic and we are making progress one shot at a time,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “Not only will you be protecting yourself, your family and friends, but you’ll get the extra bonus of a double chance at winning a million dollars.”
“A big thank you to our winners for getting their shot against COVID-19 to protect themselves and others,” Secretary Cohen said. “North Carolina is seeing cases, hospitalizations and deaths increasing. Don’t wait to vaccinate.”
Shelly Wyramon, a teacher from Winston Salem, won the first $1 million prize. 14-year-old high school freshman Vania Martinez, from Wilmington, won $125,000 toward post-secondary education.
According to Dr. Mandy Cohen, more than 99% of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina are among people who are not fully vaccinated.
Drawings take place every other week on Wednesdays. New entries close at midnight on the Sunday prior to the Wednesday drawing. Winners are verified and then announced.
Your Shot at A Million, Summer Cash 4 College and the $25 Summer Card are part of the state’s Bringing Summer Back get-out-the-vaccine campaign to increase awareness of the availability and safety of COVID-19 vaccines and to encourage North Carolinians to get their shot.
Executive Order 219, which has concurrence from the North Carolina Council of State, authorizes the drawings.
Drawings are held every other week from June 23 to Aug. 4. The next drawing will occur on July 21 and the winner will be announced the following week.
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