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Virginia babies win college savings accounts for being born near 5:29 on 5/29

Posted at 4:15 PM, Jun 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-06 16:19:22-04

A group of newborn babies in Virginia have gotten some help with college already.

17 babies won college savings accounts valued at $529 from Virginia529.

What did they have to do to win? The answer is just being lucky with the time they were born.

The 17 babies were the closest born to 5:29 p.m. on May 29 at hospitals in Virginia.

The babies’ parents as well as family and friends can add to the accounts to build savings for future career and job training, a spokesperson for Virginia529 said.

The initiative is part of Virginia529’s 529 College Savings Day efforts to raise awareness about the importance of saving for higher education through tax-advantaged 529 plans.

Five of the winners were from Hampton Roads:

  • Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk – Baby boy McEvoy
  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk – Baby girl Davis
  • Sentara Obici Hospital, Suffolk – Baby boy Perry
  • Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, Virginia Beach – Baby girl Clark
  • Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, Williamsburg – Baby boy Johnson

The other winners were from different areas around Virginia:

Northern Virginia

  • Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church – Baby girl Miller
  • Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Woodbridge – Baby boy Jurgens

Shenandoah Valley

  • Augusta Health, Fishersville – Baby boy Dressler
  • Sentara RMH Medical Center, Harrisonburg – Baby boy Guilliams
  • Warren Memorial Hospital, Front Royal – Baby boy Sturdivant
  • Winchester Medical Center, Winchester – Baby boy Kelly

Southern Virginia

  • Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, South Boston – Baby boy Powell

Southwestern Virginia

  • Clinch Valley Medical Center, Richlands – Baby girl Matney
  • Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon – Baby girl Davidson
  • Norton Community Hospital, Norton – Baby girl Varner

Click here for more information about Virginia529.