West Virginia offering guns, money and scholarships as vaccination incentives

In honor of the governor's English bulldog, the lottery program is called "Do it For Babydog"

Coronavirus Pandemic

By: Alyssa Wilson

In order to help reach President Biden’s goal of vaccinating at least 70% of American adults by July 4, many states are offering incentives to get vaccinated. In Ohio, the Vax-A-Million campaign is offering the chance to win $1 million for adults and full scholarships to state colleges for children and teens.  

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West Virginia is taking a different approach by offering guns in a lottery. According to Inside Edition, Governor Jim Justice announced the raffle drawing would run from June 20 to August 4 during a press conference.  

As part of the lottery, the state will give away custom hunting rifles, shotguns, outfitted trucks, lifetime hunting and fishing licenses and getaways to the state parks. One person will also be the winner of a $1.588 million grand prize, a runner-up will win $588,000 and two people between the ages of 12 and 25 will win college scholarships, The Hill reported.   

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To be eligible, a person must be a resident of the state who has been partially or fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine. According to data, as of June 4, only 33% of residents in the state were fully vaccinated and 40% received at least one dose.