Over 70,000 West Virginians have registered to win big through “Do It For Babydog” vaccination lottery

CHARLESTON — During Tuesday’s briefing, Gov. Jim Justice announced that just four days after online registration opened for the Governor’s “Do it for Babydog: Save a life, Change a life”  vaccination lottery, more than 70,000 West Virginians have already registered to win one of several major prizes that will be given away in the upcoming sweepstakes.

“What we’re trying to do is to bring a smile to many people’s faces through this lottery,” Gov. Justice said. “We’re tickled to death to be able to give away a lot of incredible stuff, but we need all West Virginians to step up and get vaccinated.”

The prize giveaways include a $1.588 million grand prize, a $588,000 second prize, weekly drawings for $1 million, full scholarships to any West Virginia state college or university, custom-outfitted trucks, weekend vacations at state parks, lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, and custom hunting rifles and shotguns.

All West Virginians ages 12 and older who have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to register by visiting Doitforbabydog.wv.gov.

Lottery drawings will begin later this month with the first drawing scheduled to be held on Sunday, June 20—also known as West Virginia Day in honor of the State’s birthday—with additional drawings continuing through Sunday, Aug. 4.

“Anybody who has received their first shot is eligible,” Gov. Justice said. “So if you’re out there and you haven’t received your shot yet, for God’s sake go get your first shot and get yourself registered. And if you’ve already been vaccinated, make sure you register as well.

“Save a life. Change your life. Please get vaccinated. Please get registered,” Gov. Justice continued. “We’re going to have some really fun days ahead drawing these prizes. We’re going to put a big smile on a lot of people’s faces.”

Also on Tuesday, State Coronavirus Czar Dr. Clay Marsh took time during his remarks to once again urge West Virginians to get vaccinated, explaining that the so-called Delta Variant of COVID-19, which has become the most common form of COVID-19 around the world, is about 40% more infectious than the most common variant currently seen in West Virginia.

“When we start to look at these variants, we know that these variants happen when people who have not been vaccinated get infected and the virus starts to grow and replicate,” Dr. Marsh said. “The virus is a messy replicator, so it makes mistakes, genetically, when it reproduces and these genetic mistakes can add up and give the virus advantages to make the virus more infectious and to make the virus more deadly.

“What we now find is that, if people are fully vaccinated, two weeks after their vaccination, the CDC now reports that there is a 91% real world protection against getting COVID-19 and virtually total protection—100% protection—against hospitalization, against death, and against severe disease,” Dr. Marsh continued. “Please choose vaccination if you’re eligible and please consider choosing that with the rest of your family if anyone hasn’t been vaccinated.”