Governor Jim Justice announced the new initiative in a lottery format during a press conference Tuesday. From Father’s Day June 20 through August 4, there will be raffles that include prizes ranging from cash rewards to firearms or a car.
For example, in the Father’s Day raffle, participants can get 10 hunting rifles and shotguns. Justice said the state will also give away two brand-new, custom-equipped trucks and five lifetime hunting and fishing licenses. In addition, residents can win one of 25 trips to West Virginia state parks.
Another lucky winner will be eligible to win $1 million during the June 20 raffle, after which $1 million will be drawn every week for five weeks. The final note will be the August 4 drawing, when one person will win the top prize of $1.58 million and the second-place winner will receive $588,000. According to Justice, at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine must be received in order to be eligible for the lottery. Last week, the governor already urged residents to get vaccinated against the virus – for the sake of his bulldog, Baby Dog.
“If you don’t do it for your family, you need to get vaccinated for Babydog,” he said.