Kameron M. (left) is all smiles at a press conference in Olympia on Friday with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee after accepting a mock check for $1 million, which he won as part of a “Shot of a Lifetime” lottery open to all Washington residents who got the COVID-19 vaccine. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP)

Kameron M. (left) is all smiles at a press conference in Olympia on Friday with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee after accepting a mock check for $1 million, which he won as part of a “Shot of a Lifetime” lottery open to all Washington residents who got the COVID-19 vaccine. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP)

Motorcycle mechanic wins $1 million vaccine lottery prize

Kameron M., a 23-year-old King County resident, claimed the state’s top reward.

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OLYMPIA — A 23-year-old motorcycle mechanic has won the $1 million prize in Washington state’s vaccine incentive lottery.

Gov. Jay Inslee presented the south King County resident with an oversized check at a news conference Friday. The winner, only identified as Kameron M., said he didn’t even know about the lottery until his mother got a call from the state lottery, KOMO-TV reported.

Washington is among several states that created lotteries in hopes of increasing the pace of vaccination. This week, the state hit the governor’s goal of 70% of people age 16 and older getting at least one dose of vaccine.

The previous four drawings, held throughout June, were for cash prizes of $250,000. Winners included a Yakima resident, a Spokane nursing student and a Walla Walla food-service worker. Previous prizes also included Guaranteed Education Tuition credits for vaccinated residents ages 12 to 17, airline tickets, sports tickets, video-game consoles and other prizes.

Drawings for a separate lottery that applies to military, military staff and family members who were vaccinated through the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, or the National Guard, start next week.

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