During an interview with ABC’s Martha Radditz, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice promoted his state’s COVID vaccine lottery, stating “We have a lottery, you know, that basically says, ‘if you’re vaccinated, we’re going to give you stuff.’” He then contrasted vaccine lottery participants with conservative vaccine skeptics, who he claims are participating in a “death lottery” by not being innoculated.
“You know, the red states probably have a lot of people that you know, are very, very conservative in their thinking, and they think, ‘Well, I don’t have to do that,’ but they’re not thinking right,” Justice said. “When it really boils right down to it, they’re in a lottery to themselves. You know, we have a lottery, you know, that basically says, ‘if you’re vaccinated, we’re going to give you stuff.’ Well you’ve got another lottery going on, and it’s the death lottery.”
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice (R):
“We have a lottery, you know, that basically says, ‘if you’re vaccinated, we’re going to give you stuff.’ Well you’ve got another lottery going on, and it’s the death lottery.”pic.twitter.com/CfPTDOQ4wH
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) July 5, 2021
Justice did not elaborate on the specifics of the “death lottery” that conservative vaccine skeptics are entering by refusing to take one of the four controversial COVID vaccines.
Vaccine lotteries have become a staple of government vaccine drives in both red and blue states. Ohio may have been the first state to create a vaccine lottery, when Governor Mike DeWine announced one in May:
Mike DeWine, the Republican governor of Ohio, announced on Wednesday that the state will host a “vaccine lottery” to reward five lucky recipients of the controversial COVID vaccines with a $1 million cash prize.
DeWine, who obessively posts about the CPIVD vaccine on his official Twitter account, stated, “Two weeks from tonight on May 26th, we will announce a winner of a separate drawing for adults who have received at least their first dose of the vaccine. This announcement will occur each Wednesday for five weeks, and the winner each Wednesday will receive one million dollars.”
“The pool of names for the drawing will be derived from the Ohio Secretary of State’s publicly available voter registration database,” Dewine added. “Further, we will make available a webpage for people to sign up for the drawings if they are not in a database we are using.”