WCHS - A Spencer resident received the surprise of his life Tuesday â a visit by Gov. Jim Justice and his prized pooch Babydog and news that the resident had won the $1.588 million grand prize in West Virginiaâs vaccine incentive sweepstakes.
âWords canât express it. I mean itâs such a surprise,â Wally Board said. âI had no idea of anything like this. Itâs overwhelming.â
Board said he is the executive director of public housing and has lived in Spencer his whole life. His daughter runs a real estate company for him.
When Justice gave the news to Board, the governor said that he and Babydog were there to âpresent the grand prize of all prizes, $1,588,000.â
âFor what? Board said in disbelief"
Justice responded, âFor registering and getting vaccinated and entering the lottery.â
Board said he didnât even recall entering the sweepstakes and said maybe his daughter entered him. Later, he said he must have entered.
When asked whether he thought he would be more popular now, Board said he was âgetting too old for popularity.â
Board said he was letting the big news sink in and didnât have a plan for how he will use all of the money, but he said hopefully âwe can do some good with it.â