A young woman has become an overnight millionaire after winning a lottery for Australians who got vaccinated against COVID-19 recently.
Joanne Zhu was one of the millions of Australians who entered the Million Dollar Vax lottery, set up by a group of 20 philanthropists and corporations to boost vaccination rates.
About 2,744,974 Australians from 3,600 postcodes who received at least one jab by October 31 registered for their chance to win.
A shocked Zhu who is only 25-years-old, is still coming to terms with her lifechanging windfall after she was drawn as the lucky winner on Friday.
“I want to fly my family out from China first class and put them up in a five star hotel for Chinese New Year if the borders are open,” Ms Zhu said.”I will buy presents for my family and invest the rest of the money so I can make more money in the future and to help people if they need help.
“Ms Zhu said she was unable to take the initial call from the Million Dollar Vax campaign about her $1 million prize.
“Someone rang me the other day. I think it was on Friday, and I was at work, I couldn’t pick up the phone.” Then I called them back and they said: “Oh, you won a million dollars! You’re the only one in Australia’!”
Zhu was one of 2,744,974 Australians who registered for their chance to win, entering the draw on October 3. The campaign improved drive first-dose vaccinations from 78.5 per cent to an impressive 88.3 per cent throughout October.