McIvor, who lives in Langdon, 30 kilometers east of Calgary, learned a few days ago that his name had been drawn for the first million dollar cash prize in the Alberta vaccine lottery. COVID-19. But officials wanted him to keep confidential until they announced it on July 1.
“The hardest part was actually trying to keep going [as normal], ” he said.
“It didn’t even seem a little real. Even when it was announced, I was like, ‘Get out of town. You are serious ?’ “
Teacher and principal, McIvor had planned to retire a year ago. But with the pandemic, he stayed this school year to coordinate the teaching staff of the Calgary Board of Education.
July 1 is the first official day of his retirement.
The Open for Summer Lottery is designed to encourage more Albertans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Thursday’s draw was open to residents of Alberta 18 years of age and older with at least one dose of the vaccine.
More million dollar winners will be announced on August 31 and September 30.
The August and September draws will be open to Albertans 18 years of age and over who are fully immunized with two doses.
Other prizes, including admission to the Calgary Stampede, all-inclusive vacations, air and train travel, and tickets to NHL and CFL games will be awarded to hundreds of other participants. .
More than 1.7 million Albertans took part in the lottery, the government said in a statement on Thursday.
As of June 29, 72.8 percent of eligible Albertans had received a dose of the vaccine; 42.4 percent received two doses, according to provincial data.
While a million dollars “isn’t a bad thing,” McIvor didn’t get the shot for the chance to win the lottery.
He felt it was the right thing to do and science suggests that is the way out of the pandemic, he said.
He encourages others to get vaccinated too.
People can find available vaccine appointments online or by calling 811.
McIvor said he and his wife Cindy would consult with their financial advisor on how best to use the money, but they already have plans.
Some of the money will go back to the community, and some will be spent on themselves – like going to Boston to watch a baseball game at Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, he said.
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