Winner of first $250K in state vaccine lottery claims prize

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The first winner in Washington state’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery has claimed his $250,000 prize. KING-TV reports the man identified by Washington State Lottery officials Thursday as Lance R. did not want to be further identified. But in a statement he said he “got lucky,” and encouraged others to get vaccinated not only to have a chance at winning money, but to protect the community. There will be three more weekly drawings for $250,000, and one vaccinated Washingtonian will win a $1 million grand prize. Residents are automatically entered into the drawing if they have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination and are in the state Department of Health vaccine database.