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WVa gov hands out second $1M prize in vaccine giveaway

FILE - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice delivers his annual State of the State address in the House Chambers at the state capitol in Charleston, W.Va., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Nursing home visits are being allowed again in West Virginia as the state focuses on coronavirus outbreaks in the general populations of individual counties without clamping down on areas without them. Justice warned Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, that the visits could end quickly in some places if further outbreaks occur within nursing homes themselves. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice handed out the second $1 million prize for residents who have received coronavirus vaccines.

The Republican governor presented Sharon Turner of Morgantown with a ceremonial check on Wednesday.

Two younger vaccinated residents, Jenna Atwell of Paynesville and Brendon Lee of Falling Waters, were announced earlier Wednesday as winners of college scholarships as part of the latest drawing. The scholarships include tuition, room and board, and books.

Residents from Frankford and Parkersburg also were presented with pickup trucks by the governor.

Residents can still sign up for five other drawings, which will be held on Wednesdays through Aug. 4. The final drawing will include a $1.588 million grand prize and a $588,000 second prize.

The state’s mask mandate ended on June 20, which was the first day of the drawing. The $1 million prize that day went to Karen Foley of Mineral Wells.

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