DENVER (CBS4)– Officials with the State of Colorado picked the fifth $1 million winner in a lottery that was aimed at inspiring residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Heidi Russell was named the final winner of the Colorado Comeback Cash giveaway on Wednesday.
Russell is a mother of four from Aurora who spent much of the last year-and-a-half with her children, who were learning remotely. She said she hopes to pay off her student loans with the winnings and that she and her husband are so hopeful.READ MORE: Meow Wolf Denver Wants Us To Remember Aug. 3 As Weird Billboards Pop Up
“This prize will be so helpful raising four kids. When I told my daughter yesterday, her first comment was, ‘Yes! My college is paid for,’ but I also look forward to helping others and serving others with this money.”
Every vaccinated resident who got the vaccine before July 1 was entered in the drawing of the Colorado Comeback Cash giveaway. Wednesday’s drawing was the fifth and final one in Colorado.READ MORE: 'My Car Went Black': Woman Caught In Mudslide On I-70 Describes Moment Debris Buried Her Car
Colorado is one of several states offering lottery prizes, scholarships and other incentives to drive vaccination rates up. The Centennial State also had a giveaway in place for 25 scholarships for $50,000. The final drawing for the Comeback Cash Scholarship also happened on Wednesday.
The funds will be placed in a CollegeInvest account for the student to use when they pursue postsecondary education, including higher and technical education or credential programs. The funds can be left in the interest-bearing account for future educational use.MORE NEWS: Debris, Rising Water Rush Along Black Creek As Flash Flood Warnings Plague Glen Haven, Cameron Peak Fire Burn Area
To learn more about the Comeback Cash Scholarship drawing, visit: ColoradoComebackCash.com.