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Mineral Wells resident discusses $1M Babydog win

Mineral Wells resident Karen Foley, right, and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, at the first announcement of the “Do It For Babydog” vaccination sweepstakes winners on Sunday in Charleston. She won $1 million. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — As part of the first round of drawing for the state-wide “Do It For Babydog” vaccination sweepstakes, Mineral Wells resident Karen Foley left the state capital a whole lot richer, taking a giant check for $1 million back to Wood County on Sunday.

“I can’t describe the feeling, it still hasn’t sunk in. I know I won it, I still got taxes and all that stuff,” Foley said. “I don’t know exactly how much I am receiving as of yet. But as I said yesterday, whatever it is, it’s more than what I had when I went down there and I’m very grateful.”

Receiving her first vaccine shot in March and another one in April, Foley said she didn’t enter the drawing until after having a conversation with her father about applying for it a couple of weeks prior to the drawing.

After she applied, Foley said she didn’t think about the drawing until she received a call from the governor’s office last Friday informing her she won a prize and requesting her presence at Charleston on Sunday.

Foley said she had no idea what the prize was, but with seeing the prizes she signed up having their winners named and being the last one standing. She quickly learned she was the one that won the $1 million.

“I learned that I won at the same time everybody else did. As the process of elimination went,” Foley said. “I just looked at my husband, I went ‘Oh my God we just won a million dollars’ because that was the only thing left. So I had a few minutes before they called me up, but I was shaking and nervous. I just took deep breaths and I kept saying to myself ‘please don’t fall on your way up the steps.'”

Foley said she plans to live the same as she has and plans to invest most of the earnings and help her children and grandchildren.

Foley also said with her winning the drawing, she hopes more people will receive their vaccines and register for the drawing.

“I’m very grateful, I’m grateful for Gov. (Jim) Justice and his wife Cathy for creating this lottery. I had my shot prior to the lottery ever being developed. I would suggest that everybody go get it,” Foley said.

Weekly prizes for those residents 18 and over are cash prizes, two new custom outfitted trucks, 25 weekend passes to West Virginia State Parks, five lifetime hunting and fishing licenses and five custom hunting rifles and shotguns. For those aged 12-25, two full four-year scholarships to any public institution in West Virginia.

Weekly drawings will take place until Aug. 4 ending with a grand prize of $1.588 million and $588,000 for the runner-up.

Tyler Bennett can be reached at tbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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