SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday announced a new promotion to encourage Illinois residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19: a vaccine lottery.
A sign placed at the announcement showed that $10 million will be “up for grabs” through the lottery, with $7 million in cash prizes for adults and $3 million in scholarships for youth. The sign showed that the money would be given in weekly cash drawings for “all vaccinated Illinois residents.”
Vaccine-incentive lotteries have already launched in Ohio, Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico, New York state and Oregon.
Ohio’s governor said vaccinations have surged across the state since their lottery program was launched.
Vaccinations among 16 and 17-year-olds jumped 94%; the 20-49 age group was up 55% and 18-19-year-olds were up 46%, the Republican governor said.