RALEIGH, N.C. — Dr. Mandy Cohen announced the second round winners on Thursday for North Carolina’s Your Shot at A Million Summer Cash drawing and Summer Cash 4 College drawing.
Natalie Everett of Pineville received a $1 million prize and 16-year-old Jessica Klima of Greensboro received a $125,000 scholarship as the second round winners.
“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.”
Everett says she felt compelled to get vaccinated after 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 her parents getting their COVID-19 shots inspired her to get vaccinated, and she plans on helping others thanks to her scholarship winnings.
“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.
Health officials say the first two vaccine lottery winners were announced on June 28th.
Shelly Wyramon of Forsyth received the first $1 million prize in the state’s Your Shot at A Million Summer Cash drawing and 14-year-old Vania Martinez of Wilmington received the first Cash 4 College prize.
Health officials say all state residents 18-years-old and up, who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, are automatically entered into four drawings to possibly win a $1 million cash prize.
In addition, officials say four teenagers (ages 12 to 17) will win a $125,000 prize for post-secondary education in the vaccine lottery.
Health officials say anyone who was vaccinated on or after June 10th will be entered twice for each drawing, increasing their chances of winning.
Drawings take place every other week on Wednesdays, according to a news release.
Officials say the next drawing will take place on July 21st, and the winner will be announced the following week.
“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.”