Lance said it was “completely unexpected” and encouraged others to get vaccinated not only to have a chance to make money, but also to protect the community.
OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON – The first winner of the COVID-19 vaccine lottery in Washington, DC, took home a $ 250,000 prize on Thursday.
The man identified by the Lottery staff in Washington as Lance R. did not want to talk to the camera about his big win. But in a statement, he said he was “lucky” and encouraged others to get vaccinated not only to have a chance to make money, but also to protect the community.
His full statement reads: “I was lucky. I was mostly lucky not to be hit with Covid before vaccines were developed and available. Millions around the world were not so lucky.
But if you haven’t been vaccinated yet, especially when it’s so easy to do now, you’re at very high risk. You can’t count on your luck to last. In addition, the photos are free.
In the next 3 weeks there will be 3 more lucky winners in Washington from this lottery and then only on July 13 someone who is vaccinated will be more lucky than me today and will win a million dollars. Just for the right thing.
For ourselves, for those who care for you, and for the whole community of which we are all a part, let us be vaccinated. On top of that, you can just make a lot of money. “
There will be three more weekly drawings for $ 250,000, and one lucky Washington will win a $ 1 million grand prize.
Winners will have 72 hours from the time of notice to call lottery officials and claim their prize, or will be disqualified from winning. Unsolicited prizes from the first four drawings will be placed in the fifth and final draw.
Here are the following drawings for vaccinated adults:
- June 15
- June 22
- June 29
- July 13
Residents are automatically entered in the drawing if they have received at least one vaccination against COVID-19 and are in the vaccine database of the State Department of Health (DOH).
According to the Washington Lottery, you must be in the Washington State Immunization Information System by 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday before the draw date to be included in this week’s lottery.
In addition to the $ 250,000 prize, vaccinated residents have the opportunity to win other prizes such as a suite for 16 people in a Mariners game, two sets of Seahawk tickets, including parking, 75 XBox game consoles, 5 Nintendo Switch games, 100 state parks Discover Passes, 20-day state park maps, 20 fishing and hunting licenses and 25 Alexa Echo points.
On June 13 and June 22, two drawings will be held for residents between the ages of 12 and 17. The Washington State Lottery said the two drawings for minors would include 15 prizes of 100 Guaranteed Learning Units (GETs) each. The total value of each GET prize is $ 12,200. Minors are not eligible for cash prizes.