#StandWithUkraine - Stop Russian aggression against Ukraine.

A homeless Air Force veteran wins a vaccine Lottery after a streak of unlucky events

Senior Reporter

You may have heard the phrase, “you cannot win a lottery if you don’t buy a ticket.” While that is true, the pandemic prompted a Lottery that requires no purchase and receiving a vaccine automatically qualifies individuals to participate in auto-enrolled opportunities to win money, scholarships, and other generous prizes. Almost a dozen states in America are rewarding the vaccinated in exchange for a quick jab, and many of those in need have had their lives changed forever. 

A homeless Air Force veteran wins a vaccine Lottery after a streak of unlucky events
Image: pixabay.com

Some people lose it all before fate takes them for a rejuvenating adventure. One of those lucky folks happened to be Sung-ha Jou, a 44-year-old Air Force veteran, who needed a change now more than ever. Everyone suffered during the pandemic in one way or another, but circumstances hit Jou harder than he ever expected. After losing his job, he couldn’t afford a roof over his head and lost his house. Eventually, he had to give up his vehicle and could no longer pay for his doctor’s appointments. 

Jou served in the Air force for 15 years, and when he finally retired, he became a mechanic in a car dealership in VA. During the lockdown, business came to a halt, and he was eventually let go. But the veteran didn’t give up - he gathered all the money he could get from unemployment and made a risky decision, purchasing a van in hopes to become a mobile mechanic. It seemed to be going well until the vehicle gave out, and he couldn’t afford to buy new parts to complete the repairs.

If that wasn’t enough, some jock heartlessly broke into his van, completely clearing it out. No tools, no way to drive around, and not nearly enough money to re-launch his small business. But as long as there’s food and water, everything will eventually be okay, right? If only that was so - Jou stopped receiving food stamps and had a difficult time figuring out how to re-apply. No more food, no more car, and no walls to keep him dry and warm. 

“It was really, really rough,” Jou explained. “That’s when I really became aware of some of my mental issues, the PTSD issues that I had either ignored or was too proud to admit to ... I spent a lot of time in my car by myself.” 

It’s hard enough to go through such struggles, but a haunting past can easily send a person into a horrific vortex of hopelessness.

When it rains, it pours. But there’s always a sliver of God grants to His people - especially ones that never give up. That single ray of sunshine dawned upon Jou one day, and he learned about the coronavirus vaccine. At the time, he didn’t even know about the lottery. Jou had his doubts, as many do, wondering whether the vaccine is actually safe to take. Jou was, after all, all alone. No one would be around if side effects took him for a wild spin.  

People don’t always know when help is on the way, and sometimes it takes hitting rock bottom before God orchestrates a miracle. With that said, Jou’s van was eventually handed over to another owner, and he had no choice but to rest his head under the night sky. After several days of sleeping on the street, the heat from the sun got the best of him, and he lost consciousness. 

Thankfully, an ambulance found him and took him to a hospital. He poured his heart out about his struggles to a lady working at the front desk, who graciously collected funds for Jou’s Uber ride to a D.C. homeless shelter.

Weak, disarmed, and hopeless, Jou arrived at the shelter. COVID was spreading like wildfire, and Jou decided that it’s best to get a vaccine, especially considering his situation. Homeless shelters aren’t the cleanest of places, and people from all walks of life pose a risk of spreading the virus.

At that point, he had nothing left to lose, and he decided to at least preserve the one thing that remained in him - his health and life. He was, after all, among 100 strangers in the shelter, and safety had to come first before the fear of side effects. That same day, Jou agreed to receive the vaccine at St Elizabeth’s campus nearby.

Upon the arrival to receive his first dose, he was asked if he also wanted to participate in the vaccine Lottery. He stated later that he vaguely remembers that happening and thought it was some kind of swindle. If only he was aware of what was yet to come. Little did he know that these vaccine lotteries offered massive cash prizes, a free vehicle, and $10,000 (£7,000) worth of grocery store gift cards.

Later that week, Jou was informed that he won the lottery to help him get back on his feet, have transportation to doctor’s appointments, assistance from social services, and more. It would also give him a lot of wiggle room to find a new home to live in and get his business back on track. Twelve months of free rides on the D.C. Metro system was a breath of fresh air that filled his lungs with hope once again. Prior to this, he traveled for hours to get to his appointments from the shelter. 

“This is literally God-sent. I am so grateful for this,” he mentioned when telling the story. “It’s just out of nowhere. When I thought everything was going wrong, this really helped me out.”

He spent a few weeks at the shelter but was finally assisted by the veteran’s hotline that helped him find a transitional home in SE Washington. He finally had a room he could call his own until he found a permanent place to live and got guidance to reapply for his food stamps. 

Jou is now on his way to land a new job in D.C. and is ecstatic about the opportunity to have transportation for a whole year. Not many people would see something as simple as “free rides” as a blessing, but Jou will remember this time in his life forever. 

Leave Comment

Lottery news

University of Denver research | Covid-19 Lotteries do not work
Views
14

University of Denver research | Covid-19 Lotteries do not work

As expected by millions - Vaccine Lotteries showed to be unsurprisingly ineffective. Not only has this been reported by individual states, but a research from the University of Denver brought in numbers to clear up the statistics. Andrew I. Friedson, an associate professor of economics at the University of Colorado presents reasons and speculations for vaccine lottery failures. “Guaranteed outcome may be one of them”.

Amazon Vaccine Lottery | This time its only a partial scam
Author
By Rebeka Kulakevich
Views
43

Amazon Vaccine Lottery | This time its only a partial scam

If anyone aside from medical staff heroes deserves to be rewarded for consistency and hard work throughout the pandemic, it’s Amazon's workers. The pandemic pushed the company employees to the limits, as millions of packages were delivered during the lockdown and simultaneous holidays. Hours of packaging, delivering, refunding, customer service, and many other tasks completed by Amazon staff call for public recognition. As a reward, the world's largest online retailer will thank the loyal teams by conducting a “Max Your Vax” lottery, offering 18 prizes that include cash, cars, and vacation packages. Now, the bummer - only vaccinated employees are eligible for the exclusive draw.

H-1B Visa lottery for eligible foreigners | Second chance to work in the USA
Author
By Rebeka Kulakevich
Views
24

H-1B Visa lottery for eligible foreigners | Second chance to work in the USA

Hundreds of Indian IT professionals and other qualified foreign workers missed their chance at the first H-1B Visa lottery since the draw was conducted early this year. Having a second draw is almost unheard of in this regard, but the computerized selection shortage tweaked circumstances in favor of discouraged contestants. The re-try is exciting news for both companies and the desired applicants. Intelligent minds are always needed here, and it’s America that will be the real winner when it welcomes hundreds of qualified individuals abroad. This time around, the rules will be slightly different.

Popular

Author
By Alex Gambler
Views
44

Betsson’s Focus at LatAm: Record-Breaking Revenue in Q2

Betsson AB announced its latest report with numbers and statistics. The second quarter of Betsson’s work turned out to be record-breaking as the Q2 revenue was as significant as €186.3m (£158.9m/$189.5m), with the net income equal to €28.6 million or €0.21 per share. Though the results in Western Europe fell by about 40%, the market that succeeded was Latin America.

Author
By Rebeka Kulakevich
Views
35

World Poker Tour Champion Dennis Blieden earned a 6+ year prison sentence

Despite the ultimate success in the world of Poker, Dennis Blieden decided to dabble in misappropriation of funds and got the prize of a lifetime - a six-and-a-half-year prison sentence. And if that’s not enough of a punishment, the trickster will be forced to pay $22.7 million in restitution, which is the exact amount he snatched from his former employer for making bets in Poker.

If you are an iGaming journalist and are passionate about writing news articles, don’t hesitate! Contact us and publish on Casinority news!
Contact Us