COLORADO (KRDO) -- Sally Sliger of Mead, Colorado, is the first person to win the state's $1 million COVID-19 vaccine giveaway. Gov. Polis made the announcement just after 1 p.m. Friday, and Sliger gave a short speech emphasizing the importance of getting a vaccine.
Sally Sliger of Mead is Colorado's first lucky winner in the vaccine lottery. She's here with @GovofCO and her husband stressing the importance of getting the vaccine to get our lives back to normal. pic.twitter.com/8C5pXLuykE— Andrew McMillan (@AndyMackReports) June 4, 2021
Sliger said she found out she was the winner while she was at work. She said she got a text message from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that was related to the drawing and said to call back immediately. Sliger said it was "surreal" to win the $1 million.
The first winner in Colorado's $1 million covid vaccine drawing will be announced at 12:45 p.m. Friday, according to Gov. Jared Polis' office.
Polis announced the prize for eligible vaccinated Coloradans in May, and there will be a total of five drawings of $1 million each.
Polis said the first drawing would happen on June 4, now we know when the winner will be announced. We'll have a Livestream of the announcement in this article.
As for how the selection will work, it's not going to be millions of numbered balls in a rolling cage -- the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment converted patient information to numbers, and the Colorado Lottery is using a random number selector to choose the winning number.
While Polis said anyone who has been vaccinated is automatically eligible for the drawing, 13 Investigates found that numerous groups of vaccinated individuals have been excluded from the state's database. That includes people who received their vaccines from the Department of Defense.
You can check your eligibility by entering your information at this link. If you're vaccinated and can't find your information, CDPHE says you should contact your vaccine provider.