World Health Organisation announce global COVID lottery winner
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Health Organisation (WHO) have announced the winner of the first global COVID lottery draw.
The jackpot prize had risen to a record high of $34,838,209, being determined by the amount of verified COVID cases worldwide, and was won by Pakistani man Ibrahim Ahmed Shah.
The WHO began the lottery initiative after the US, who had been the agency’s top benefactor at around $400 million a year, pulled funding last April.
“After Donald Trump cut our funding, we figured this was a good way to raise much needed funds by selling lottery tickets around the daily updates,” Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, explained.
“Not only does this competition raise awareness of the COVID virus, it also brings a bit of fun to this whole global pandemic thing.”
The winner Mr Shah, said he had been following the numbers closely for many months and is delighted to have won the big prize.
“I knew that India and Brazil were rising at a steady exponential rate, and so all I needed was to guess correct on a few of the smaller countries to have a chance.” Mr Shah said.
“It was when I saw my supplementary fatality numbers come up for the Ukraine and Bolivia that I realised I had the jackpot – I was so excited I nearly scared my mother-in-law to death.”
“I only wish we were allowed to travel…”
There have been reports however of foul play within the WHO around the lottery. Insiders have claimed that China have been rigging the number draw since the beginning, but WHO has refused to investigate.
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