Illinois Lottery awards $ 10 million in prizes to residents who receive COVID vaccine – NBC Chicago – .

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A new vaccine lottery in Illinois will offer a total of $ 10 million in prizes to residents who get vaccinated against COVID-19, Governor JB Pritzker announced Thursday.

The “All In for the Win” lottery will distribute the $ 10 million in the form of $ 7 million in cash prizes for adults and $ 3 million in scholarships for youth, all distributed through raffles. weekly, Pritzker said.

The Illinois Lottery will raffle names every week starting July 8, Pritzker said. Cash prizes will range from $ 100,000 to $ 1 million, he said, while kids can win a Bright Start college savings plan worth $ 150,000 each.

Anyone who receives at least one dose of vaccine in Illinois is eligible to win, said Pritzker, noting that there is “no registration, no form, no wait” and that anyone who receives their first dose by July 1 will be eligible for the first draw on July 8 and all draws thereafter.

“You’ve done your part already, and that’s a way of thanking yourself,” Pritzker said. “It’s also our way of saying to those who have not yet been vaccinated: join us. Vaccines are incredibly effective. And they protect you, but they also make your community safer. “

The announcement came weeks after Pritzker began to suggest that Illinois was working on a lottery similar to those introduced in other U.S. states to get people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Pritzker said in a June 3 interview that funding for the lottery was allocated through state budget appropriations.

“The legislature has given us the opportunity, through our lottery in the state, to be able to offer something,” he said.

Illinois administered more than 12 million doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States on Thursday

A total of 5,456,492 Illinois residents over the age of 12 are fully immunized, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. This equates to about 50.3% of the state’s population over the age of 12.

A total of 7,247,381 Illinois residents over the age of 12 received at least one dose of the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. This figure is approximately 66.9% of the population aged 12+.

There are about 3 million Illinois residents who are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 but have not yet done so, Pritzker and IDPH director Dr Ngozi Ezike said on Thursday.

Pritzker said his goal is to get 80 to 85 percent of eligible residents vaccinated through various incentives, which so far have included things like Six Flags Great America tickets and free snare shooters in the state.

Illinois’ plan is similar to those announced in other states so far. Vaccine incentive lotteries have already been launched in Ohio, Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico, New York State and Oregon.

The Ohio governor said vaccinations had increased statewide since the launch of their lottery program.

Vaccinations among 16 and 17 year olds jumped 94%; the 20-49 age group has increased by 55% and that of 18-19 year-olds by 46%, said the Republican governor.

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