Who won the second ‘Shot at a Million’ Kentucky vaccine lottery drawing?


UPDATE (1:40 p.m. on Friday, July 30): The winners of the second “Shot at a Million” vaccine lottery drawing have been announced.

The $1 million prize winner is Ginger Schultz, of Louisville. She was joined by her husband, Michael Essen, to receive her prize.

“I have never experienced anything like this. It’s shocking because you don’t really think you’re going to win,” said Ginger Schultz. “Why take a chance at getting very sick and possibly die or even passing it on to someone else? That’s what my main concern was. My mom is 85 and she has breathing issues and I have always been very concerned about her getting it or me passing it on to her.”

“The reason we got vaccinated was because it was the right thing to do to protect ourselves and the people around us,” said Michael Essen. “I really believe getting vaccinated is what we have to do to get out of this tough situation.”

The five Kentucky youth selected for full scholarships were:

  • Shelby Anderson of Louisville
  • Isabella Brozak of Crestwood
  • TJ Ponder of Owenton
  • Reese Johnson of Harrodsburg
  • Julian Sandberg of Ft. Mitchell

FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK)—On Friday, July 30, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear will announce the second group of winners of the commonwealth’s “Shot at a Million” vaccine lottery drawing.

The announcement will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the Kentucky State Capitol Rotunda where we’ll learn who won the second $1 million prize as well as the second five full scholarships to Kentucky public college, university, trade or technical schools. These scholarships will include tuition, room-and-board and books.

We will live-stream the announcement in a player that will be included above in this story, and it can also be watched on the Governor’s Facebook and YouTube.

To be eligible for the lottery, you must be a permanent resident of Kentucky and have received at least your first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines or the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Inmates incarcerated for felonies and some commonwealth employees and their spouses or blood relatives may not be eligible for the drawing.

The state has more information on who cannot enter the lottery on the website. Kentuckians can only enter the drawing once and any duplicate entries will be removed, according to Team Kentucky.

Missed the deadline for this lottery? The final deadline to register for the last drawing is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25. The winners of that drawing will be announced Friday, Aug. 27.

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