West Virginia Governor Announce 1st Vaccine Lottery Winners

Gov. Justice announces first “Do it for Babydog” vaccine lottery millionaire and other prize winners; lifts statewide mask mandate

CHARLESTON, WV (STL.News) Gov. Jim Justice welcomed West Virginians to the Capitol Complex on Sunday, June 20, 2021, to celebrate the State’s 158th birthday and to witness the first prize giveaway of the “Do it for Babydog: Save a life, Change your life” vaccination sweepstakes.

The Governor was joined by Babydog, his pet English Bulldog and the official mascot of the sweepstakes, to announce the winners of dozens of prizes, including the lottery’s first ever million-dollar winner.

Karen Foley of Mineral Wells was named as the winner of the $1 million cash prize Sunday, taking home the biggest prize from the first of seven vaccine lottery prize drawings.

Melissa Spivy of Vienna and Ralph Paugh of Parkersburg were named as the winners of two brand new custom-outfitted trucks.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Osborne of Hurricane and Elizabeth Ball of Nitro were named as the winners of two full four-year scholarships to any public institution in the state

Additional prizes awarded Sunday included five lifetime hunting licenses, five lifetime fishing licenses, five custom hunting rifles, five custom hunting shotguns, and 25 weekend getaways to West Virginia State Parks.


  • $1 Million Winner
    Karen Foley, Mineral Wells
  • Truck Winners
    Melissa Spivy, Vienna
    Ralph Paugh, Parkersburg
  • College Scholarship Winners
    Rebecca Osborne, Hurricane
    Elizabeth Ball, Nitro
  • Lifetime Hunting License Winners
    Geneva Blake, Washington
    Christopher Harvey Jr., Maben
    Sabrina Morrison, Huntington
    Dickie Roberts, Lewisburg
    Shirley Young, Bomont
  • Lifetime Fishing License Winners
    James Browning Sr., Dry Branch
    Sharon Cope, Frankford
    Andrew Humphreys, Charleston
    Joshua Rakosi, Morgantown
    Cathy Osborne, Rainelle
  • Custom Hunting Rifle Winners
    Charles Moats, Philippi
    Heather Petry, Scott Depot
    Bryan Price, Hurricane
    Christy Reger, Nutter Fort
    Justin Myers, Hurricane
  • Custom Hunting Shotgun Winners
    Xavier Alston, Fairmont
    Stephen Barberio, Clarksburg
    Deborah McNew, Princeton
    David Shipman, Wheeling
    Bonnie Taylor, Montcalm
  • State Park Weekend Getaway Winners
    Thomas Binns, Elkins
    Gerald Boone, Prichard
    Carol Burge, Moundsville
    Brandon Cork, Wellsburg
    Victoria Dennison, Davisville
    Deborah Dickens, Reynoldsville
    Keith Ewing, Hico
    Kevin Ford, Charleston
    Bonnie Gibson, Princeton
    Cathy Harless, Charleston
    Edith Harrison, Parkersburg
    Lisa Hewitt, Kearneysville
    Kimberly Jackson, Princeton
    Beverly Machir, Nitro
    Travis Persinger, Fayetteville
    Lana Plymale, Kenova
    Wesley Runyan, Cross Lanes
    Mary Anne Seckel, Morgantown
    Jeff Sine, Falling Waters
    Ronald Smith III, Huntington
    Jason Thompson, Mount Hope
    Caroline White, Fairmont
    Lindsay White, Elkview
    Jessica Workman, Crawley
    Jaime Young, Wheeling

Additional lottery drawings will be held every week through August 4 and will feature all of the same prizes that were awarded Sunday.  The final drawing will also include a $1.588 million grand prize and a $588,000 second prize.

With six more “Do it for Babydog: Save a life, Change your life” prize giveaways scheduled, all West Virginians who have received at least one dose of any of the COVID-19 vaccines are encouraged to register at DoitforBabydog.wv.gov to join the list of winners.

In addition to the prize giveaways, this year’s West Virginia Day doubled as a celebration of the State’s success in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to the latest DHHR data, just 2,521 active COVID-19 cases remain across the entire state;  the lowest such total since Sept. 3, 2020.  Additionally, the County Alert System color-coded map currently shows 51 of 55 counties are in Green status, with zero counties in either the Red or Orange categories.

As a result, Gov. Justice announced during his address Sunday that he has signed an executive order, officially lifting West Virginia’s Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement.

Click here to view Executive Order 20-21

Face coverings must still be worn where required by federal law.  Additionally, any private business or school system can still require individuals to wear a face covering.