Philadelphia woman wins $10,000 prize just for voting
Nov. 04, 2015
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Casting a ballot has made one Philadelphia woman $10,000 richer.
Bridget Conroy-Varnis headed home from her South Philadelphia polling place on Tuesday with the five-figure prize from The Philadelphia Citizen's election lottery.
The editor of the online news site announced the lottery last month in an effort to reverse abysmal voter turnout and spark a conversation about civic engagement.
Larry Platt says the news site randomly chose the polling location — Murphy Recreation Center — and the time of 6:36 p.m., which was when Conroy-Varnis emerged from the rec center after voting.
Conroy-Varnis told reporters she was overwhelmed when Platt handed her the oversized check. She says she'll donate some to charity and use the rest to buy a used car.