A South Philadelphia school crossing guard walked into a voting booth last night to cast a ballot and left $10,000 richer.
Hearing that she was the winner of a citywide promotion to get voters out to the polls, Bridget Conroy-Varnis screamed in delight.
“I can’t believe this,” she said. “This is crazy.”
She entered the polling place at 4th and Shunk knowing there was a prize for a random voter somewhere in the city, but never thought she would win.
“I would never think that would happen, down here, truthfully, never,” she said. “I just seen my sister walk by, and she said, ‘Maybe you will win.'”
Larry Platt of the nonprofit Philadelphia Citizen secured sponsorship for the contest. He said the random location and time to reward a city voter were computer generated.
“This is exactly what we wanted to do,” he said. “We wanted to send a message that every vote matters.”
Conroy-Varnis said she already has ideas on how to spend the money.
“Donate some,” she said. “I have bills to pay, and maybe buy a car … a used car.”
The media organization said it will try to do another giveaway again next year.