West Virginia giving away guns during vaccine lottery

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTRF) – A rifle and shotgun giveaway will be part of West Virginia’s new COVID-19 vaccine incentive program, Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday.

“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 launched soon.

West Virginia health officials have said that 75% of those age 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 two weeks after the final dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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