Jefferson Co. announces winners of $10K COVID vaccine lottery


Jefferson County has announced six of the 11 winners for its $10,000 COVID vaccination lottery.

  1. Jonathan Gandy – Madras
  2. Bergan Spring – Madras
  3. James Manion – Madras
  4. Steven Smith – Culver
  5. Joseph Martinez – Warm Springs
  6. April Lepin – Madras

County Commissioners in late May agreed to offer 11 $10,000 prizes for Jefferson County residents who’ve received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.

Eight people would win $10,000 cash and three residents under 18-years-old would win $10,000 in the form of Oregon College Savings Plan accounts.

The rest of the winners will be announced soon, said County Administrator Jeff Rasmussen.

The county received $220,426 in CARES Act funding it could spend one of three ways: provide the vaccine at a clinic, incentivize getting the shot, or provide transportation to a clinic.

Grant funding was already available for vaccine availability and transportation…so the county gave away the money as an incentive.

To date, nearly 55% of eligible adults in Jefferson County have been vaccinated.


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