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W.Va. Gov. Names Vaccine Lottery After His Dog

Updated: Jun 4, 2021

On Thursday Governor Jim Justice announced the name of the incentive program to get more West Virginians to get vaccinated against a coronavirus that has put the world on pause over the last year.

Justice chose to call the lottery incentive “Do It for Babydog: Save a life, change your life.” The lottery is named after the Governor’s English Bulldog, Babydog.

“If you can’t do it for yourself, you can’t do it for your family, you can’t do it for your friends… do it for Babydog,” Justice said. “So we’re just going to call it that.”

Eligible residents will still have to register for the giveaways, but the details of the registry are still being worked out.

Prizes included full scholarships for W.Va. colleges, custom trucks, shotguns and lifetime fishing permits. The giveaway will include a $1.588 million grand prize, a $588,000 second prize. Additional details on how to register will be announced by press release on Friday.

Lottery drawings will begin June twentieth and run through August fourth.


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