By Outer Banks Voice on July 15, 2021
Natalie Everett of Pineville and Jessica Klima of Greensboro were announced today as the second- round winners of North Carolina’s vaccination lottery designed to encourage residents to get their COVID-19 shots.
To date, 56% of North Carolinians 12 and older have gotten at least one dose of vaccine while 53% are fully vaccinated.
Everett received a $1 million prize as the state’s second Your Shot at A Million Summer Cash Drawing winner. Klima, a 16-year-old high school student, won a $125,000 scholarship for post-secondary education.
North Carolinians 18 and older who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are automatically entered into four drawings for a chance to win $1 million in cash. In addition, four North Carolinians ages 12 to 17 will win a $125,000 529 account for post-secondary education. Some restrictions apply. Those vaccinated on or after June 10 are entered twice for each drawing, increasing the chance of winning for the newly vaccinated.
“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.”
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,” she 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,” she said.
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.
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.