GVB reacts to ‘Vax N’ Win’ raffle drawing criticisms

Juan Muña and his family, along with Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, pose in front of the Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback that Muña won during the first vaccine raffle held Wednesday. (Contributed photo)

The Guam Visitors Bureau has responded to criticisms of the “Vax N’ Win” raffle drawings of which GVB is one of the organizers.

The “Vax N’ Win” raffle draw was started to serve as an incentive for more people to get vaccinated. In order to participate, island residents must be fully vaccinated on Guam and currently live on island for a chance to win one of six cars, $10,000 cash, and other weekly prizes until Liberation Day.

There have been criticisms raised over the transparency of the program. Critics are asking why there is a time lag between the drawing of the winners and the announcement of the winners. Some have said that the raffle drawing should be done in real time with the media present.

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But during Thursday’s board meeting, GVB vice president Gerry Perez said they use a third party company — Glimpses of Guam — to handle the drawing of the winners.

In turn, Glimpses uses “Woorise” — an independent software company that handles giveaways, contests, and prizes.

As for the time lag, Perez said this is necessary for the Department of Public Health and Social Services to verify if the drawn winners are indeed fully vaccinated.

Perez said the names of the winners are usually drawn on Monday, given to DPHSS for verification, and on Tuesday or Wednesday the verifications are received.

Adelup then makes the announcement usually on Wednesday afternoon.

“The public announcement is deferred to the governor as a courtesy since she facilitated and sponsored this vaccination campaign initiative,” Perez said.