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West Virginia To Give Guns As Vaccination Incentive

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West Virginia will be giving away guns as an incentive for residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Gov. Jim Justice announced the new incentive lottery program during a news conference on Tuesday.

The drawings will run from Father’s Day on June 20 to Aug. 4, and will include a variety of prizes from cash to firearms and trucks.

During the Father’s Day drawing, the state will give away five custom hunting rifles and five custom hunting shotguns, The Hill reports.

Justice said the state will also give away two brand-new, custom outfitted trucks and five lifetime hunting and fishing licenses. Residents could win one of 25 getaways to West Virginia’s state parks, as well.

During the June 20 lottery, one person will also win $1 million. Justice said the state will give away $1 million for five weeks in a row. One person will win a grand prize of $1.58 million on Aug. 4, and a runner-up will win $588,000.

There will also be giveaways for two full, four-year scholarships for any institution in the state to eligible students ages 12 to 25.

Justice said that to be eligible, all residents need to do is get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone who has already been vaccinated is automatically eligible to win.

So far, 51.1% of West Virginians have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the state’s health department — or approximately 915,000 people — with 41.2% fully vaccinated. 

Forbes reports that West Virginia’s giveaway isn’t the only vaccine incentive related to guns: Illinois has also set up a mobile vaccination site at a shooting range in the state and is giving away 100 free targets to anyone who gets the vaccine there.

Written by Meg Turner

Meg graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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  1. The harder they push this the more suspicious people are getting. It’s starting to turn into a telemarketing approach of harassing and annoying everyone into doing it. That isn’t working on Americans. Here’s the reality. 95% of everyone who wanted to get vaccinated is probably vaccinated by now. This is now obviously becoming a desperate power grab by non-scientific government officials and they need to back off.

  2. Agree with all of the above comments. My instinct tells me it has to do with all the Covid money given by the Fed Govt to states. If the money isn’t used on “covid” related matters then it probably has to be given back. When have we known any politician to give money back? Never right. I think its use it or lost it so hey why the fuck not give away shit.

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