Latest ‘Do it For Baby Dog’ millionaire introduced in Fairmont

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The newest millionaire in the “Do it For baby Dog” sweepstakes is Tim Jackson, a 33-year-old System Engineer at the WVU Robotic Technology Center.

The governor and several others, including Jackson came to the large meeting room at Robert H. Mollohan Research Center on the NASA campus in Fairmont to debrief the media following a private presentation regarding the work of DataRobot. As the governor closed his remarks, Baby Dog entered the room and the governor introduced the $1 million winner from the 4th round of the Do it For baby Dog sweepstakes, Tim Jackson.

“Baby Dog wants to make a special announcement,” Governor Justice said,” Tim Jackson has just become the newest millionaire in the State of West Virginia.”

Jackson, a former West Virginia resident, sat for several seconds with his co-workers before coming to front of the room to meet Baby Dog and accept his check. He said he and his wife will have a “moment” when she finds out about their new found wealth.

“I guess my wife is going to have a big “I told you so,” because it was her idea to sign us both up for it,” Jackson said.

Jackson, a West Virginia native, earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from WVU and a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon. He accepted the position at the WVU Robotic Technology Center just six weeks ago.

Jackson moved back to West Virginia from the State of Washington.

“We just moved back here from out-of-state a couple months ago,” Jackson said,” I don’t know, we’re trying to find a house to live in.”

Prior to the $1 million announcement, Jackson and co-workers had been briefing Justice, Director of the Joint Interagency Task Force Jim Hoyer and other officials about the work they were engaged in – during the media debrief that work was called a new economic frontier for West Virginia.

“Now I’m back here with a good crew of guys in Fairmont doing fun work,” Jackson said,” I certainly wasn’t expecting this today.”

As for the vaccine, Jackson said he had no hesitancy at all.

“We got vaccinated and I’m glad to be back in the office with everybody and able to not worry about it,” Jackson said.

Also Wednesday, custom pickup trucks were awarded to Riverside high School assistant football coach, Thomas Sowers and Grace Fowler, a diet clerk at the Summersville medical center.


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