DENVER — Friday, Governor Jared Polis (D-Colorado) announced the third $1 million winner of Colorado’s Comeback Cash Vaccine Drawing and the second round of scholarship winners.
Pete Vegas was selected as the state's newest $1 million winner. He plans to use some of his winnings for "regenerative agriculture".
"We hope to build a multi-acre greenhouse to service Colorado with what we like to call leafy greens, which is spinach and lettuces," Vegas said. "It will be grown locally, using less water".
Vegas and his wife could not wait to get their vaccines, he said.
Polis was also joined by three of the five scholarship winners, in person.
One of the winners, Sabine, has an interest in biology and learned about the science of vaccines before she decided to get her vaccine.
Hannah, from Golden, has an interest in criminal justice and plans to attend the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Hannah was joined by her mom, who works in health care as a nurse.
Levi is the youngest winner to date, at age 13. The Boulder native was skeptical when he heard the news that he had won the scholarship, thinking it was a scam.
Brady, from Arvada, joined remotely. She has dreams of getting into the political arena. She doesn't like getting shots or seeing people get their shots. She decided to get her vaccine because she believes that the pros of the vaccine outweigh the many cons of not getting it.
Zen, from Parker, also joined remotely from Utah. He is currently touring college campuses as he decides which school to attend.
The five winners were announced as part of the $50,000 scholarship program to encourage students to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Twenty-five scholarships are being offered, along with a $1 million lottery program for five adult winners who have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
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