Illinois Unveils $ 10 Million Vaccination Lottery | national news
(The Center Square) – Illinois who already have or plan to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will have a chance to win cash prizes or scholarships through federal taxes.
The State of Illinois has announced a new vaccination lottery with a total prize of $ 10 million. The “All in For the Win” vaccine lottery, which will award $ 7 million in cash prizes to residents over 18 and $ 3 million in scholarships for those aged 12 to 17. Anyone who has received or is receiving at least one dose of vaccine in Illinois is eligible to win.
Starting July 8 and throughout the summer, the Illinois State Lottery will be holding raffles of $ 100,000 to $ 1 million for ages 18 and over and Bright Start College Savings Plan bonuses. $ 150,000 for 12 to 17 year olds.
Illinois Department of Public Health director Dr Ngozi Ezike said the goal was to persuade those who were still hesitant to get vaccinated.
“They just need a boost if they haven’t already,” Ezike said. “The chance to win $ 100,000 or a million dollars or a scholarship for their child is just that nudge to get them off their seats and get the shot.”
One million dollars will be up for grabs on July 8, then $ 100,000 in prizes will be awarded throughout the summer. Two prizes of $ 1,000,000 will be awarded at a grand finale on August 26th.
Winners will be notified by the Illinois Department of Public Health by phone and email. IDPH will make several attempts to reach each winner. Winners can choose to remain anonymous.
Several states have set up lotteries in an attempt to increase vaccination rates. In Ohio, state officials said vaccination rates rose 45% after the “Vax-a-million” lottery was announced in May. West Virginia, New Mexico and Minnesota have also unveiled vaccination lotteries.
California is going all out on its vaccine incentive program, touting the lottery as the largest in the country. The state attracts residents with more than $ 116 million in prizes, including a $ 15 million grand prize to be distributed among ten Californians who have been vaccinated.
Illinois vaccination lottery money comes from federal grants the state has received to fight the pandemic.
Winners can choose to remain anonymous.