Raleigh, North Carolina –A woman from suburban Charlotte won $ 1 million in North Carolina’s cash incentive program to encourage people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Natalie Everett of Pineville is the second of four $ 1 million winners in the Your Shot at a Million Summer raffle.
Meanwhile, Jessica Klima, a 16-year-old high school student from Greensboro, became the second teenager to win a $ 125,000 college scholarship as part of the Summer Cash 4 College cartoon.
Everett said she wanted to get the vaccine after spending time researching the vaccines.
“I had COVID-19, and after doing a lot of research, I think getting the vaccine is the best way to prevent myself from contracting the virus again,” she said.
Klima said she was inspired to get the shot after learning her parents got the shot.
“I am planning to go to college and become a physiotherapist, so that I can help people like I have seen them help others,” she said.
“Many thanks to our winners for getting their COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and others,” said Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the State Department of Health and Human Services. “North Carolina is seeing increased cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Don’t wait to get vaccinated.”
More than 1,000 new coronavirus infections were reported statewide on Thursday, the first time North Carolina has passed that mark in nearly two months. Over the past week, the state added an average of 709 cases per day, 145% more than just two weeks ago.
“Ninety-nine percent of these cases are unvaccinated people,” Cohen said. “That’s why we’re here to remind people that you need to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 are also up, to 492 on Thursday, 25% more than two weeks ago.
“What we see are people in their twenties, thirties [or] 40 year olds going to hospital with COVID, ”she said, noting that young adults are more likely not to be vaccinated.
Fifty-three percent of North Carolinas aged 12 or older are fully vaccinated, and 3 percent have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to DHHS data.
Any state resident 18 years of age or older who has received at least one dose of vaccine is automatically entered into the draws for a chance to win $ 1 million in cash. Four more people aged 12 to 17 can earn $ 125,000 in a 529 college savings account for post-secondary education.
People vaccinated on or after June 10 are entered twice for each draw, increasing the chances of winning for those newly vaccinated.
The draws take place every two weeks on Wednesday and new registrations close at midnight on the Sunday preceding each draw. The last two draws will take place on July 21 and August 4.
The first two winners, announced on June 28, were Shelly Wyramon of Forsyth and Vania Bazan Martinez, 14, of Wilmington.