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Wood County residents among West Virginia vaccination lotto winners

Gov. Jim Justice praises the state during West Virginia Day ceremonies at the State Capitol Building. (Photo by Steven Allen Adams)

CHARLESTON — Standing on the front steps of the State Capitol Building Sunday, Gov. Jim Justice, state officials and lawmakers joined the public in celebrating West Virginia’s founding while also celebrating success at controlling COVID-19 spread.

Justice praised state residents on West Virginia’s 158th birthday for staying strong during the COVID-19 pandemic, paid tribute to the more than 2,863 coronavirus deaths, and rewarded several West Virginians for getting their COVID-19 vaccines in the first week of the state’s vaccine incentive lottery.

“You had to show your mettle in every way,” Justice said. The first $1 million drawing took place with Karen Foley of Mineral Wells receiving a giant check Sunday, along with Rebecca Osborne of Hurricane and Elizabeth Ball of Nitro winning a full college scholarship to any public in-state four-year institution.

Two custom-outfitted trucks were rewarded to Melissa Spivy of Vienna and Ralph Paugh of Parkersburg. Other prizes given away Sunday included weekend vacations at state parks, lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, custom hunting rifles and custom hunting shotguns.

Read an expanded version of this report tomorrow in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel and on this website.

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