Healthcare worker from northern Colorado is first winner of $1 million vaccine drawing

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DENVER — A clinical data analyst from northern Colorado is the first winner of the state’s $1 million “Colorado Comeback Cash” vaccine drawing, Gov. Jared Polis announced Friday.

Sally Sliger, who had been previously notified and was present at the announcement, encouraged everyone to get vaccinated.

Sliger said she did not have the virus, to her knowledge, but several family members did. She said some of her friends had family members who died of the virus.

Sliger, who lives in Mead and works at TRU CommunityCare in Lafayette, said she was born in Colorado and raised her sons here. She plans to put some of the money in her retirement account, and support her sons as they continue their educations and begin their careers.

The $1 million prize is one of five that will be given to randomly selected people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado. Everyone whose vaccine record is in the Colorado Immunization Information System at 11:59 p.m. the Tuesday night before the drawing is eligible. The last day to qualify for a drawing is June 30.

As of earlier this week, adults who were vaccinated through the VA are also eligible for the drawings, but those who were vaccinated through the Department of Defense are not.

The drawing is open to residents age 18 or older.

Earlier this week, Polis announced the state will give 25 scholarships of $50,000 each to people between 12 and 17 who have received the vaccine. The first drawing in the scholarship contest is Monday, with the winner announced June 11. The state will choose five winners each week through July 5.

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