Gov. Justice surprises WVU nurse with $1 million check through “Do it for Babydog” Vaccination Sweepstakes


MORGANTOWN — A WVU nurse’s life was changed forever Wednesday when she received a visit at work from Gov. Jim Justice.

Denise Morrison and dozens of her coworkers at WVU Medicine’s J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown were called in for what they believed to be a simple meeting with the Governor. But Gov. Justice surprised the crowd, entering the room alongside Babydog and announcing that Morrison was the lucky person whose name had been drawn as the latest million-dollar prize winner in the “Do it for Babydog: Save a life, Change your life” Vaccination Sweepstakes.

The Governor then presented a ceremonial check for $1 million to Morrison, who works as a charge nurse in Ruby Memorial Hospital’s Surgical Services department.

Earlier in the day, Gov. Justice presented a woman from Charleston with the keys to a brand-new, custom-outfitted truck through the vaccination sweepstakes program.

Additional West Virginians were announced as “Do it for Babydog” winners this morning for prizes including two full four-year scholarships to any public institution in the state, five lifetime hunting licenses, five lifetime fishing licenses, five custom hunting rifles, five custom hunting shotguns, and 25 weekend getaways to West Virginia State Parks.

Online registration to be eligible to win in the next prize drawing will remain open until Sunday, July 25, at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be announced next Wednesday, July 28.

Additional prize drawings will be held weekly, with winners being announced each Wednesday through August 4.

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are currently available to all West Virginians ages 12 and older.

All West Virginians interested in being vaccinated are encouraged to visit Vaccinate.wv.gov or call the West Virginia Vaccine Info Line: 1(833) 734-0965. The info line is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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