Residents of 8 US states will get a shot at cash prizes for getting the COVID-19 shot.
They are among other US states trying to get more people vaccinated against the deadly virus.
Prizes range from a daily $40,000 prize in Maryland to a $5 million jackpot in New York.
Ohio is offering a $1 million jackpot to five vaccinated adults.
The cash prize will come from the state's share of pandemic relief funds.
Residents younger than 18 years old are not eligible for the cash prize, but instead will entered into a lottery for a four-year full scholarship — tuition and accommodation included — to any state college or university.
The state administered a record number of vaccines in the first two days after announcing the $1 million vaccine lottery.
New York will launch a $5 million "Vax & Scratch" lottery program to incentivize people to get vaccinated.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state will give people $20 scratch-off lottery tickets for a chance at a $5 million Mega Multiplier Lottery if they receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The program, announced Thursday, will run from May 24 to May 28 at 10 mass vaccination sites run by the state.
Maryland announced the state will offer $2 million in lottery cash prizes to encourage residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said residents over the age of 18 who sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be entered into the lottery.
"All you have to do to enter is get your shot," Hogan said Thursday.
The cash prizes will be dispersed in daily $40,000 drawings between May 25 to July 3, ending with a $400,000 jackpot, which will be drawn on July 4.
Kentucky residents will get a shot at a $225,000 prize by getting a COVID-19 shot.
The Kentucky Lottery is giving a free Cash Ball 225 ticket — which usually costs $1 per ticket — to COVID-19 vaccine recipients ages 18 and older.
Lottery officials will give 225,000 free tickets out to vaccinated residents in the state.
"I hope this shot at $225,000 will be the incentive needed for more Kentuckians to get a vaccine," Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said. "Helping keep our Kentucky communities safe and a free chance at winning hundreds of thousands of dollars is a win-win for everyone involved. "
The program runs until Friday, May 21, or until tickets run out.
Source: Lexington Herald Leader
Oregon residents who have at least one dose of a COVID-19 will be eligible to win a $1 million jackpot.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the state's "Take Your Shot, Oregon" lottery campaign during a news conference on Friday.
Residents ages 18 and up will have a chance to win the $1 million cash prize by getting at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and one person from each of the state's 36 counties will win $10,000.
Residents ages 12 to 17 will be entered in a separate drawing where five winners will each receive $100,000 college savings scholarships.
"Getting vaccinated not only protects you from COVID-19, it helps protect your loved ones," Brown told reporters Friday. "It takes us one step closer to unlocking the restrictions during the pandemic."
"And in Oregon, it now gives you a chance to win $1 million," the Oregon governor continued. "That sounds pretty good."
Source: The Hill
Colorado announced a new program, "Colorado Comeback Cash," to choose one vaccinated resident a week to win a $1 million jackpot.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis launched the "Colorado Comeback Cash" program to incentivize residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Starting June 4 until July 5, one vaccinated resident will be chosen at random to win $1 million, with one winner each week for five weeks.
To be eligible for the first drawing on June 4, residents must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by June 1.
Source: Denver 7 News
California launched a $116.5 million lottery on Thursday to incentivize residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the program, dubbed "Vax for the Win," on Thursday. Residents of California ages 12 and older and have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for the lottery.
"It's our biggest 'thank you' yet to Californians who have received their COVID-19 vaccine," the program's website reads.
On June 15, 10 winners will be chosen oto receive a $1.5 million jackpot each. Another 30 residents will be selected to win a $50,000 cash prize — 15 residents will be chosen on Friday, June 4, and another 15 winners on Friday, June 11.
On top of the larger cash prizes, the program will also give $50 cards — given in the form of a virtual debit card or grocery gift card — to the first two million Californians who start and complete their COVID-19 vaccination upon the lottery's launch date on May 27.
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced a slew of vaccination incentives for residents, including a $2 million lottery.
Inslee announced the state is running a lottery, among other incentive programs, to encourage residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
"These generous programs will encourage more Washingtonians to take this life-saving vaccine," Inslee said. "I hope people will see this as an opportunity to reopen even sooner than June 30th if we can stay motivated, stay informed and get more people vaccinated faster throughout the month of June."
The lottery includes four weekly drawings starting next week, where one resident will win a $250,000 cash prize. At the end of the four weeks, there will be a final drawing for a $1 million prize.
Residents will automatically be entered into the lottery from the state's Department of Health statewide immunization database.
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