“A Big Stress Reliever:” Yakima’s vaccine lottery winner speaks on his prize

YAKIMA, Wash. — The man who won this week’s $250,000 drawing as part of Washington state’s “Shot of a Lifetime” vaccine appreciation promotion has released a statement about his victory.

On Thursday afternoon, officials representing Washington’s Lottery announced that the $250,000 prize for the week of June 15 claimed his prize at their regional office in Yakima. Identified only as Dillion T., the winner declined to offer a comment at the time of his victory.

After taking some time to let the reality of this life-changing event settle in, Dillion T. released the following statement via Washington’s Lottery:

“I’m not really on social media, so I honestly didn’t even know that this COVID lottery was going on here in Washington, but it’s a nice thing that it’s happening and drawing attention to gettingvaccinated. For me, getting this prize is a big stress reliever, especially given all that’s been happening in life and the world these past few years.”

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The events of the past year have caused immense hardship for people from all walks of life. Some lost family members, others lost their jobs and in one way or another, the pandemic impacted everyone emotionally/mentally. For so many community members in Yakima and beyond, getting vaccinated provided peace of mind by helping people reconnect with friends and loved ones more safely.

Drawings are being held each Tuesday through the month of June until a grand prize winner is selected for a life-altering $1 million cash prize from Washington’s lottery.

Governor Jay Inslee announced this initiative back on June 3. All Washington residents who go vaccinated in the state were automatically enrolled to win cash prizes, tickets to sporting events, gaming consoles, gift cards, tuition credit/scholarships, and more.

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As Washington state approaches its re-opening on June 30 regardless of vaccination rates, this incentive program was created to accelerate the timeline. When Washington hits a 70% vaccination rate for those currently eligible through state and federal guidelines (Age 16+), the state will automatically re-open.

State metrics from Thursday, June 17 show that 67.8% of eligible Washingtonians have initiated vaccination, steadily approaching the state’s goal of 70%.

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