When Grand Junction resident Michael Faithe received an email informing him he had won Mesa County Public Health’s Big Shot giveaway, and with it $58,200, he thought it was a scam.

“I almost didn’t open the email, to be honest,” Faithe said. “I’m glad I did.”

Faithe, who works in the biotech industry, said he was traveling for work when he received the email from Mesa County. He decided to call Public Health to confirm it, just in case.

“I don’t think I still even believed it until today,” said Faithe, who was presented with a check Monday at Mesa County Public Health’s offices.

The Big Shot giveaway was a countywide promotion by Mesa County Public Health to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The amount the winner would receive started at $45,000 and went up by a dollar for every person vaccinated in Mesa County through the summer.

Stefany Busch, Public Health spokesperson, said Monday that the department saw a bit of a spike after the giveaway was announced in June, but overall the county didn’t see a huge increase in vaccinations because of the giveaway.

“We’re sure it did something for some people who were on the fence,” Busch said. “Every vaccination is a win for us.”

According to Mesa County Public Health’s COVID-19 data dashboard, 44% of Mesa County…

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