Student becomes instant millionaire – just for getting Covid vaccine

An Australian student has become an instant millionaire and it was all because she got vaccinated from Covid.

Joanne Zhu, 25, won $1 million (around £547,00) after being one of 2,744,974 Australians who registered their vaccinations.

The Sydney-woman won the major prize thanks to the Million Dollar Vax campaign, which was to encourage more Australians to get vaccinated from Covid.

Speaking to NEWS 7, a shocked Zhu said: “Am I dreaming, is this real? I cannot believe it.”

She also revealed that she was working at the time the call containing the good news came through and therefore missed it.

Zhu had to ring the number back and was told she had won a million dollars – and was the only one in Australia to win.

With her new overnight wealth, Zhu sees she wants to share her prize money with friends and family.

Zhu has not seen her family, who live in China, for two years due to the pandemic.

Speaking to Nine’s Weekend Today program, Zhu said: “I think I want to fly my family out from China for them in a five-star hotel for Chinese New Year, if the borders are open, and 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.”

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Zhu hopes to see vaccination rates continue to rise in the country so the borders could reopen.

Million Dollar Vax Alliance was created by a group of philanthropists and corporations to boost vaccine rates by offering a chance to win big.

The alliance handed out a total of $4.1 million (around £2.2 million) in prizes to more than 3,100 people who registered they had the vaccine.

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Speaking to The Australian, Craig Winkler of the Million Dollar Vax Alliance spoke of the success of the campaign which saw an encouraging number of late entries to the competition, which has now closed.

He said: “We have collectively shown what can happen when Australians get on board.

"Let’s finish the job – the Million Dollar Vax campaign has played its part, and all the health benefits to you, your family, the community and the most vulnerable among us are still prizes that we can win."

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