WDEL reported on July 19, 2021, that recent University of Delaware graduate Sophie Poindexter is going to be able to put her job search on hold, at least for a little while. She’s the lucky grand prize winner of $302,000 in the DE Wins! vaccine lottery, which was launched in an effort to get 70% of Delawareans a first dose of vaccine by July 4th, in conjunction with President Biden’s goal.
The Newark woman, who isn’t a lottery player, didn’t even know cash prizes were available just for getting vaccinated when she rolled up her sleeve to get the Moderna vaccine. During her final year of college, Poindexter lived at home, which she said, further fueled her desire to become vaccinated. “I just wanted to stay safe for my parents … everybody was so nice, very clear. I wasn’t really nervous or anything, and the second I did it, it just felt amazing because I felt like I could start living a little bit again without worrying about myself and everybody else.”
We know Sophie because she grew up in our church. Congratulations, Sophie!