Gov. John Bel Edwards announces a $1 million lottery as a vaccine incentive program in Louisiana. (JC Canicosa/Louisiana Illuminator)
BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the second round of vaccine lottery winners Friday, thanking them for getting vaccinated.
The second round winners of the Shot At A Million COVID-19 campaign are Edwina Jones and Andrew Homan. Jones, a 65-year-old Marrero resident, won the second $100,000 cash prize. Homan, a 14-year-old Slidell resident, won the second $100,000 scholarship prize.
The drawing was conducted Wednesday by the Louisiana Lottery Corporation under the guidance of the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.
“Ms. Jones and Andrew and his parents have done the right thing and the best thing by getting vaccinated against this virus that is sadly spreading once again throughout our state,” Edwards said in a statement. “They understand that it is our best defense against the virus and best chance of putting this pandemic behind us. I hope their stories will inspire others who have not made the decision to get their shot.”
More than 800,000 Louisianans have registered for the lottery so far. There are two more weekly drawings left, with the next weekly drawing consisting of one $100,000 cash prize and one $100,000 scholarship. The last lottery drawing on Aug. 6 will have a prize of $1 million, along with five $100,000 scholarships available. Registration for the Shot At A Million program will remain open through July 31.
Any resident who has taken at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and is age 18 or older is eligible to enter the lottery for the $100,000 prizes and the grand prize of $1 million. Louisianians who have started the vaccination process and are between the ages of 12-17 can enter the lottery to try and win a $100,000 scholarship.
“We’re so excited to have a second week of Shot At A Million winners who we can reward for going #SleevesUp,” State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter said in a statement. “As the more contagious Delta variant spreads and infects more people, it’s that much more urgent for Louisianans to join Edwina and Andrew in getting the vaccine to protect themselves and their loved ones.”
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