New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched the “Vax and Scratch” program, which will award New York Lottery tickets with prizes of up to $ 5 million to those 18 and over who get vaccinated on the Internet. one of 10 sites in the state from Monday, May 24 through Friday, May 28.
“The more New Yorkers we can get vaccinated, the better our situation will be and the sooner we can get back to a new normal, so I encourage anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to go to the nearest site.” and get vaccinated, ”Cuomo said. in a press release.
In Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan has announced a “$ 2 Million Vax Cash Promotion” that will run from Tuesday, May 25 through Sunday, July 4.
All vaccinated residents aged 18 and over are automatically entered into the daily lottery, which offers a cash prize of $ 40,000 each day. The final daily draw will feature a grand prize of $ 400,000.
“We need all eligible Marylanders to be vaccinated, and this lottery is an added incentive to get a life-saving vaccination to ensure we don’t leave any arm behind in our fight to put this pandemic behind us,” said Maryland Department of Health Secretary Dennis R. Schrader. in a press release.
The programs in New York and Maryland follow an announcement from Ohio that it would offer a lottery promotion for residents 18 and older who get vaccinated. These residents can enter to win one of five million dollar prizes.
Ohio is also offering prizes to residents aged 12 to 17 who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. These Ohio residents can enter to win one of five full four-year scholarships to any college or university in the state of Ohio.
So far, the program appears to be a success. Ohio reported asince announcing his $ 5 million “Vax-a-Million” lottery last week. Preliminary data showed a 53% increase in weekly vaccines from May 13 to 18 compared to the previous week.