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Gov. Edwards announces fourth round of vaccine lottery winners

By: - August 6, 2021 12:55 pm

Gov. John Bel Edwards announces a $1 million lottery as a vaccine incentive program in Louisiana. (JC Canicosa/Louisiana Illuminator)

BATON ROUGE –  The fourth round winners of Louisiana’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery were announced Friday morning. 

32-year-old Shreveport resident Coty Hemperley and 13-year-old New Orleans resident Nevada Charity won the Wednesday drawing, which was conducted by the Louisiana Lottery Corporation and overseen by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. 

Hemperley received the fourth $100,000 cash prize and Charity won the fourth $100,000 scholarship. Gov. John Bel Edwards said more Louisianians should follow their lead and take the shot. 

The winners of the $1 million grand prize and the five remaining $100,000 scholarships will be announced next week. The Shot At A Million program is funded with federal COVID-19 outreach money, and overall awards will total $2.3 million. The lottery received widespread interest, with 902,758 people registering for the program across the state. 

 “It is even more important now because of this dangerous fourth wave of the delta variant that is causing so much illness among our citizens and especially our younger population. We need more Louisianians age 12 and up to follow their example and get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Edwards said in a statement. “We’ve seen far too many stories of children, teenagers and young adults being diagnosed with COVID-19, suffering greatly and being hospitalized. Most of them are unvaccinated.”

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Rachel Mipro
Rachel Mipro

Rachel Mipro has previous experience at WBRZ and The Reveille and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Louisiana State University. At LSU, she worked as an opinion editor for The Reveille and as a nonfiction editor for the university’s creative writing journal. In her free time, she enjoys baking, Netflix and hiking.