“Faster we get them across the finish line, the more money we save,” said Justice.
The vaccine lottery will include weekly drawings from June 20 to Aug. 4, with $1 million to be given away each of the five weeks.
The last lottery, on Aug. 4, will consist of two grand prize winners. One winner will take home $1,588,000, and another $588,000.
The first lottery, set for Father’s Day, will include:
- One prize of $1 million
- Two full four-year scholarships to any West Virginia institution (must be aged 12-25)
- Two custom trucks
- 25 weekend getaways to West Virginia state parks
- Five lifetime hunting and fishing licenses
- Five custom hunting rifles
- Five custom shotguns
Justice said the state is paying for the prizes. To be eligible, you must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot.
A website to enter will be coming soon.
West Virginia has said that 75% of those aged 50 and up have been vaccinated in the Mountain State. Nationally, 50% of eligible people have received at least one shot, while more than 40% have been fully vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated means that a person has received both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. A person doesn’t have full protection until it’s been two weeks since the final dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.