West Virginia Governor extends 'Do it for Babydog' vaccination sweepstakes
Governor Jim Justice has extended the registration deadline to Sunday, August 8, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The final round of prize winners will now be announced next Tuesday, August 10.
“This final crop of prizes are going to be the best we’ve ever had. We’re going to change several people’s lives and we’re going to make someone a millionaire,” Gov. Justice said. “I urge every West Virginian to take advantage of this extra time to get vaccinated and get registered before it's too late.”
Registration for all prizes was previously scheduled to expire Monday night at 11:59 p.m. However, due to a system glitch, registration for the college scholarship prize closed early.
The glitch has been corrected. But rather than simply reopening registration for one prize, Gov. Justice determined that the best course of action would be to extend the registration deadline for the entire program; especially with the demand for COVID-19 vaccines on the rise of late in response to the increased threat of the Delta variant.
“With this Delta variant going around right now, you cannot afford to take the chance. I’m pleading with you to get in the Babydog lottery. Don’t be in the death lottery.”
Over 376,000 West Virginians have registered for the sweepstakes to date.
The final round of prizes for vaccinated West Virginians ages 18 and older include:
• One grand prize of $1.588 million
• One second place prize of $588,000
• Two brand-new custom-outfitted trucks
• Five lifetime hunting licenses
• Five lifetime fishing licenses
• Five custom hunting rifles
• Five custom hunting shotguns
• 25 weekend getaways to West Virginia State Parks
Additionally, two vaccinated West Virginians ages 12-25 will win a full four-year scholarship to any public institution in the state. ■