Philadelphia woman wins $10,000 prize just for voting

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Posted: Nov 04, 2015 10:11 AM

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.