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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has announced the winners in its fifth and final COVID-19 vaccine incentive program drawing.

Four Jefferson County residents each won a $10,000 cash prize in the Oct. 8 drawing. Those winners were Victoria Dyer of Arnold, Michael Derkos of House Springs, Claudia Reed of Imperial and Brandon Dickson of Festus.

Two Eureka residents also won $10,000 cash in the fifth drawing. Those winners were Cynthia Casey and Taylor Cusumano.

A total of 25 Jefferson County residents won $10,000 cash prizes in the program drawings, and two each won a $10,000 scholarship.

Seven Wildwood residents won a $10,000 cash prize, and one Wildwood resident and three Eureka residents received a $10,000 scholarship.

In July, the DHSS announced it was partnering with the Missouri Lottery to hold five drawings, with 180 winners in each one, for the incentive program.

According to a statement from Governor Mike Parson, 66,500 people entered the drawing when it launched in July. Close to 480,000 people got COVID-19 vaccines after the program launched.

“We are proud of all our team members who helped make MO VIP a success, and more importantly, we appreciate the thousands of Missourians who are stepping up to protect themselves and their loved ones,’ Parson said. ‘Our data clearly shows that vaccinations are making a difference and decreasing viral activity in Missouri. We are on the right track, and thanks to now 3 million Missourians, we are significantly reducing the threat COVID-19 poses to our state."

Winners 18 and older received the $10,000 cash prizes, and those younger than 18 received $10,000 in an education savings account. A total of 900 people won either a cash prize or a scholarship.

To win, entrants had to provide documentation to show they received at least one dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Those who entered agreed to allow their names, hometowns and phone numbers to be released for promotional purposes.