BUCKHANNON — During his latest briefing, Gov. Jim Justice recapped his journey across the state to surprise the winners of the three biggest prizes given away as part of the second round of the “Do it or Babydog: Save a life, Change your life” Vaccination Sweepstakes.
“We want to try to create as much excitement as we can,” Gov. Justice said. “Well, yesterday was an exciting day and we surprised some people, that’s for sure.”
The Governor and Babydog visited a Monongalia County restaurant to surprise Morgantown resident Sharon Turner with a check for $1 million.
The Governor and Babydog also surprised Ciara Jacobs of Parkersburg and Tracy Brownell of Frankford, presenting them with the keys to brand-new, custom-outfitted trucks.
A total of 50 West Virginians were announced as prize winners Wednesday. Additional prizes included two full four-year scholarships to any public institution in the state, five lifetime hunting licenses, five lifetime fishing licenses, five custom hunting rifles, five custom hunting shotguns, and 25 weekend getaways to West Virginia State Parks.
All West Virginians who have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can register at DoitforBabydog.wv.gov for an opportunity to join the list of winners.
Online registration to be eligible to win in the next prize drawing will remain open until Sunday, July 4, at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be announced next Wednesday, July 7.
Additional prize drawings will be held weekly, with winners being announced each Wednesday through August 4.
“You’re in one lottery or the other. The wheel is turning every day,” Gov. Justice said. “The virus is still with us and the variants are still with us. You’re either in the lottery of goodness and protection and prizes, or you’re in the lottery of death; and is your number going to be called?”