DENVER (KDVR) — Another vaccinated Coloradan is $1 million richer after being announced as the second winner of the Colorado Comeback Cash drawing. Stephanie Ward, along with her husband and two children, accepted the winnings during a news conference Friday with Gov. Jared Polis.
Ward said she was delighted to be the second recipient in the Colorado Comeback Cash drawing. She said her family’s COVID-19 journey was not easy, as they were not all in agreement as to whether they should get vaccinated, but together they worked it out and decided as a family to all get vaccinated.
Ward said she waited out the struggles they faced this year, including her kids attending school remotely and not seeing her family for more than 14 months.
“COVID is a real thing,” said Ward, who is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and even get a chance to win the COVID lottery.
The family did lose a parent, although it wasn’t because of COVID. But due to the pandemi,c they were not able to have a proper funeral.
Ward plans to invest the money in her kids’ education as well as pay off debts and use the rest so she and her husband can go to only one job each instead of two.
Polis said that Coloradans who have been vaccinated are already winners but encourage those who haven’t to get vaccinated. The governor said he is encouraged, and that since the Colorado Comeback began he’s seen an 8% bump of Coloradans getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
There will be three more $1 million winners in the coming weeks and 20 more scholarship drawings for kids between 12 and 17 years old.
Last week, Sally Sliger from Mead became the first of five people to win the drawing.
To be eligible, you need to live in Colorado and have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot.
You can watch a replay of the announcement in the player above.