The 22-year-old from Ohio is the first person in the state to win a million dollars in a lottery designed to encourage residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The winner will donate a portion of the amount to support charitable organizations.
22-year-old Abigail Boginsky said on Thursday that although she won, she has no plans to quit her love job and plans to donate some of her earnings to charity.
– I was completely surprised when I got the call. I still can’t believe it. It was a crazy night, as the winning local station WLWT-5 reported in Cincinnati.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine called Boginsky with congratulations. He admitted that “calling someone and saying he won a million dollars is a wonderful thing.”
The 22-year-old recently graduated from college and works at GE Aviation. At the same time, she began her master’s studies at Ohio State University, where she chose to study aeronautical engineering.
Bojinski was driving from Cincinnati to her parents’ home in the Cleveland area when she learned that she had won the Vax-a-Million lottery.
– I was screaming and my parents thought something was wrong. (…) And when I choke on because I made a million dollars, I’m going to be a millionaire, before I really started getting scared, they told me to calm down and make sure it’s not a joke – she said.
Sweepstakes and other forms of encouraging people to get vaccinated have advanced in many US states as the number of US citizens 16 years of age or older taking anti-coronavirus medication has dropped sharply since early April.
However, according to CNN data, interest in vaccination against COVID-19 increased after the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Rochelle Walinsky two weeks ago announced new regulations that would eliminate the obligation of vaccinated people to wear. Face masks in most cases.