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After Starts, Stops And Hiccups, Lottery Announces $100,000 ‘Vax To Win’ Winners

CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands government said that it would announce the winners of the “Vax To Win USVI” lottery on July 9.

Then in the weekly Government House press conference last week, the government put up a graphic on screen that said the lottery winners would be announced on “Monday July 16.”

Today, Monday July 19, the government announced the first two winners of the $200.000.

In the St. Thomas-St. John district, Ronald Mosholder is the first person to win $100,000 in the lottery drawing and on St. Croix, Grethel Smith is the winner of the first $100,000 prize here.

Mosholder is the owner of the North Shore Deli in Cruz Bay on St. John and Smith is retired on St. Croix.

Coincidentally, the restaurateur served lunches to visiting Virgin Islands Department of Health (VIDOH) nurses when they traveled to St. John to do COVID-19 testing of local residents — staring in January, according to the Virgin Islands Daily News.

The two $100,000 prizes will be given away again on each major island for the next nine weeks, according to Government House.

North Shore Deli’s Ronald “Ron” Mosholder with Janice Guishard, Zula Battiste, Annellie Gumbs, and Debra McDonald, who enjoyed lunch courtesy of the restaurant before performing COVID-19 testing for the St. John community in January 2021.
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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