State officials on Friday announced five youth from Lake and McHenry counties, all between the age of 12 and 17, who each won $150,000 scholarships through Illinois’ final vaccine lottery drawing.
The final drawing of the state’s “All In for the Win” vaccine lottery took place and 19 winners were chosen in total.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) notified the winners by phone or email on Thursday.
Two adults, one from Bloomington and the other from Rolling Meadows, will each receive a $1 million cash prize.
17 other winners were youth, between the age of 12 and 17, who are Illinois residents. They will each receive a $150,000 college scholarship
Two of them are from McHenry County, including one who is from Algonquin. Three of them are from Lake County, including one who is from Buffalo Grove.
The rest of the youth winners are from Alton, Aurora, Chicago, Joliet, Rockford, Douglas County, Cook County, Franklin County, Hancock County, Kendall County and Peoria County.
Residents from those cities and counties should keep their phones on and check their emails regularly to find out if they’ve won, IDPH said.
IDPH will call from 312-814-3524 or email from DPH.email@example.com. No personal information will be requested in the initial phone or email notification.
Winners will have seven days to 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 reported that 7.7 million adults and 600,000 children — 76% of the eligible population — have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Illinois.