The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 22 people that won $100,000 each in the state’s latest vaccine lottery drawing. Two of the winners are from Lake County.
The state’s “All In for the Win” vaccine lottery is entering its final stretch, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said, adding that 22 lucky winners have been chosen from each of the state’s 11 health regions.
The IDPH notified the winners by phone or email on Thursday. The winners of the Thursday drawing come from every region of Illinois.
In region 1, the winners were from Boone County and Winnebago County. In region 2, the winners were from Bloomington and Normal. In region 3, the winners were from Christian County and Springfield.
In region 4, the winners were both from Granite City. In region 5, the winners were from Williamson County and Wayne County. In region 6, the winners were from Fayette County and Urbana.
In region 7, the winners were from Joliet and Plainfield. In region 8, the winners were from Hanover Park and Aurora. In region 9, the winners were from Mundelein and Lake County.
In region 10, the winners were from Arlington Heights and Cook County. In region 11, the winners were from both from Chicago.
IDPH recommends that residents from those cities and counties keep their phones on and check their emails regularly to find out if they have won.
IDPH will call from 312-814-3524 and email from DPH.firstname.lastname@example.org. No personal information will be requested in the initial phone or email notification.
Winners will have seven days to securely complete, sign and send the authorization form to IDPH to accept their prizes.
The Illinois Lottery will then guide winners through the claims process. Winners will be announced eight days after each draw unless they choose to remain anonymous.
IDPH said that the state has continued to see week-over-week growth in its vaccination rate. Over the last seven days, an average of 30,700 people got their COVID-19 shot.
The seven days prior, 25,000 people got vaccinated, and seven days before that, 21,800 people on average received a dose of the vaccine.
As of Thursday, 76% of Illinois adults have been vaccinated and 56 percent of children age 12 to 17 have gotten protected from COVID-19 with the vaccine.
“The last day to get your life-saving shot for a life-changing win is August 18, when IDPH will take the final tally of vaccinated residents and automatically enter them into lotteries for two $1 million cash prizes for adults and 17 scholarships for kids,” the health department said.