FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear announced the final set of winners in Kentucky's Shot at a Million vaccine incentive program Friday. Louisville's Mary Mattingly won the top prize and five teens from around the state won full-ride scholarships to any Kentucky public university.

What You Need To Know

  • The final Shot at a Million winners were announced Friday

  • Mary Mattingly from Louisville is the latest $1 million winner

  • Five Kentucky youth from Crestwood, Mount Washington, Louisville, Lexington and Nicholasville won full-ride college scholarships

  • Since announcing the sweepstakes, 419,566 Kentuckians received a COVID-19 vaccine

Beshear initially announced the sweepstakes June 4. In total, 762,174 adults entered to win $1 million and 47,544 youth entered to win a full scholarship. Since announcing the sweepstakes, 419,566 Kentuckians received a COVID-19 vaccine. To date, 2,496,578 Kentuckians are vaccinated.

“We offered this drawing as a way to encourage everyone to get one of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. The response we’ve had for this sweepstakes has been great,” Beshear said. “But even with this drawing and other incentives, we urgently need more folks to get vaccinated. The delta variant of COVID-19 is burning through our population in every corner of the Commonwealth.”

The drawings were conducted Thursday, after which winners were contacted. The winner of Friday's $1 million prize is Mary Mattingly from Louisville. She expressed her appreciation via video at the news conference, saying she felt grateful and overwhelmed when she heard the news yesterday.

"I still want to scream and run around, but I feel like I have to get serious,” Mattingly said. “I felt so privileged to represent all of us that stayed home when needed, wore our masks, socially distanced, got tested and most of all, got the vaccine when it became available. I did it for my amazing sons and their fabulous wives, for my four beautiful grandchildren whom I love to the moon and back, for my neighbors and friends, for health care workers and for my husband and me."

Five Kentucky youth were selected for full-ride scholarships that include room, board and books:

  • Marissa Herron (12, Mount Washington)
  • Lillie Nielsen (16, Nicholasville)
  • Jordan Ballard (13, Crestwood)
  • Grider Burch (15, Lexington)
  • Jaden Wattley (17, Louisville)

COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased in Kentucky every day without exception for the past 43 days, from 239 people July 14 to a new record of 2,115 people Aug. 26. Thursday was the second-highest day for new COVID-19 cases ever, with 5,401 new cases reported.


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