Oregon State University student wins $1M vaccine lottery


More winners to be announced throughout July

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An Oregon State University student won $1 million in the state’s vaccine lottery, Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday.

Chloe Zinda from McMinnville said she missed the first call from the Oregon Health Authority and thought it was a scam when she saw a message saying she had won. But once she connected with state officials, she knew it was real.

“I ran downstairs. I was screaming and running around,” she said Friday.

She got a COVID shot because she is a swim instructor and wanted to keep herself and the kids safe. AT OSU she studies fine arts and is passionate about the environment. She said she will use the money to pay off student loans and start her own art studio.

“This money is going to be life-changing for me, I’m going to use it to pursue my dream of being an artist,” she said.

Gov. Kate Brown presents the ceremonial $1M check to Chloe Zinda of McMinnville, July 9, 2021

To date, 70.3% of adult Oregonians now have received at least one COVID shot, with the overall goal of 80% coverage.

Pfizer, the maker of one of the vaccines, is working on a booster shot, a third shot. But the CDC said that despite the variants of the coronavirus, it’s not needed right now.

And OHSU vaccine scientists agree.

The campaign continues

The “Take Your Shot, Oregon” campaign, an incentive for people to get the COVID-19 vaccination, began drawings on June 28 to win cash, scholarships and “lodging, accommodations, dining and activities for two at iconic Oregon travel destinations.”

There are more winners to be announced in the coming weeks.

Oregonians who are at least 18 have a chance to be one of the winners in each of Oregon’s 36 counties to win $10,000. Oregon residents between the ages of 12-17 have a chance to win one of five $100,000 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarships.

Four travel packages around Oregon, valued at up to $2,000, were added to the campaign by Travel Oregon.

Ten counties partnered with the state and added additional prizes for the campaign:

  • Coos County: 10 $10,000 prizes
  • Curry: Two $10,000 prizes
  • Gilliam: 10 $10,000 prizes, one $10,000 scholarship
  • Jefferson: Eight $10,000 prizes, three $10,000 scholarships
  • Malheur: 10 $2,500 prizes
  • Morrow: Two $20,000 prize and three $10,000 prizes
  • Polk: Two $10,000 prizes
  • Sherman: 20 $2,700 prizes
  • Wallowa: One $10,000 prize and two $5,000 scholarships
  • Washington County: 10 additional $10,000 prizes, plus five additional $20,000 scholarships

The only catch? Oregon residents must have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine before the drawings began June 28.

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