OLYMPIA, Wash. — The first winner in Washington state’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery has claimed his $250,000 prize.

The man identified by Washington State Lottery officials Thursday as Lance R. did not want to be further identified, KING-TV reported.

But in a statement he said he “got lucky,” and encouraged others to get vaccinated not only to have a chance at winning money, but to protect the community.

There will be three more weekly drawings for $250,000, and one vaccinated Washingtonian will win a $1 million grand prize. Winners have 72 hours from the time of notice to call lottery officials back and claim their prize or they will be disqualified from winning. Unclaimed prizes from the first four drawings will be placed in the fifth

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