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Glen Dale Woman Wins a ‘Dog’-Gone Big Truck in ‘Do It For Babydog’ Vaccine Sweepstakes

Photos by Scott McCloskey Glen Dale resident Shannon Cook is taken by surprise Wednesday afternoon when West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced she was the winner of a Ford F-150 Rocky Ridge pickup truck at Cabela’s at The Highlands. The announcement came as part of the state’s “Do It For Babydog: Save A Life, Change Your Life” vaccination sweepstakes.

WHEELING — A Glen Dale woman was taken by complete surprise Wednesday afternoon when West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice walked into the front lobby of the Cabela’s store at Highlands and announced she was the winner of a Ford F-150 Rocky Ridge pickup truck worth nearly $80,000.

Shannon Cook was nearly speechless when she walked to the front of the store and was greeted by Justice, who handed her a large key-shaped sign signifying that she was the winner of the massive truck.

“I’m just very overwhelmed,” Cook said, while being joined by her husband, Steve Cook.

The announcement came as part of the state’s “Do It For Babydog: Save A Life, Change Your Life” vaccination sweepstakes consists of a series of statewide prize drawings to increase awareness of the availability and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and provide incentives to West Virginians to get their COVID-19 vaccination.

The Cooks both said they were stunned. They said they were initially lured to the store by one of Steve’s friends who is a state trooper. He said they were planning to shop at the store anyway, and his friend said would link up with them at the store.

When Justice initially walked into the store he was handed a microphone as a way to make the announcement over the store speaker system.

“May I have your attention. This is really important. This is Gov. Justice and I’m trying to remind everybody to absolutely get your vaccine,” Justice announced. “But right now, I’ve got an English Bulldog out here named ‘Babydog,’ and Babydog is looking for Shannon Cook to come immediately to the front of the store because we got a great big giant truck that we’re going to give her,” he commented.

Cook gets behind the wheel of her new truck.

Following the initial surprise, the Cooks thanked Justice for making the presentation as they took questions from local media in front of a small crowd of employees who gathered near the front of the store to watch the event unfold. The Cooks said they have never won anything like this before and being the winner of such a large truck seemed a “bit surreal.”

Shannon Cook said her husband has been wanting to get a truck anyway, so they decided to sign up for the contest.

“It’s a very, very nice truck. … It’s unbelievable,” Steve Cook added.

The couple said they received their two COVID-19 vaccinations in Marshall County in March and April, and signed up for the vaccination sweepstakes shortly after it began in June.

Justice went on to say how important it is not to lose sight of the reason behind the vaccination sweepstakes.

“We don’t want to lose focus on why we are doing the whole thing. We’re doing the whole thing to get more and more folks vaccinated,” he added. “Really that’s what this is all about. When it really boils right down to it we all should be loving one another and caring for each other and trying every way and anything we possibly can to shut this thing (pandemic) down because it’s been tough on all of us,” he added.

The sweepstakes giveaway includes seven weekly drawings for $1 million, full scholarships to any West Virginia state college or university, custom-outfitted trucks, weekend vacations at state parks, lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, custom hunting rifles and custom hunting shotguns. As part of the seventh week and final drawing set for August 2, to be announced on August 4, the grand prize will be $1,588,000, with a runner-up prize of $588,000.

West Virginians age 12 to 17 who have received at least their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can enter for a chance to win one of five, four-year full-ride scholarships, including room-and-board, tuition, and books, to any West Virginia state college or university. West Virginians age 18 and older who have received at least their first COVID-19 vaccine if receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can win one of numerous prizes for those eligible in that age group.

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