Bolingbrook resident among latest $100,000 vaccine lottery winners, state announces

The lottery was announced as a way to encourage Illinoisans to get their COVID-19 vaccine

A Bolingbrook resident was among the latest three winners of a $100,000 prize in the state’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery.

Gov. JB Pritzker’s office announced that three Illinoisans were selected in Monday’s lottery drawing. Monday’s winners also included a resident of Champaign County and a resident of Vernon Hills.

Each will receive a $100,000 cash prize.

The announcement came one week after a Joliet resident was drawn as a winner of the lottery.

The vaccine lottery was announced by Pritzker’s office as a way to encourage Illinoisans who have yet to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. As of Monday, just over 50% of the state’s total population of about 12.7 million residents was fully vaccinated for COVID-19, according to public health data.

It also comes at a time when new infections are on the rise, especially among unvaccinated people.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said it would notify the winners on Monday by phone or email, though no personal information will be requested in that initial communication. Residents from these cities should keep their phones on and check their email regularly to find out if they won.

The winners will have seven days to securely complete, sign and send the authorization form to the IDPH to accept their prizes.

The Illinois Lottery will guide winners through the claims process.

Winners will be announced eight days after each draw unless they choose to remain anonymous.

For more information on the prizes and schedule of the vaccine lottery, visit allin.illinois.gov.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.