Gov. Cooper announces ‘It’s Your Shot at a Million’ cash lottery for vaccinated people

North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/WAVY) —  On Thursday afternoon, Gov. Roy Cooper announced a series of cash drawings for North Carolinians who get their COVID-19 vaccine.

The program, ‘It’s Your Shot at a Million,’ will consist of four $1 million cash drawings for adults over 18. In addition, those ages 12-17 who get the vaccine are eligible for one of four $125,000 drawings to help pay for their secondary education.

“Regardless of who wins, there’s no way to lose. A chance at a million dollars or a college scholarship is pretty good motivation,” said Gov. Cooper. “But even if your name isn’t drawn, the worst you’ll do is get strong protection from a deadly virus.”

The first winner will be selected on June 23 and then announced every other Wednesday through early August. Winners will be required to publically reveal their identity.

For those already vaccinated, they are automatically entered into the lottery. Any residents who get their vaccine on or after June 10 will be automatically entered twice.

The lottery follows what states like California, Ohio, and New Mexico.

Vaccinated residents who register on New Mexico’s “Vax 2 the Max” portal can win prizes from a pool totaling $10 million that includes a $5 million grand prize, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced.

Ohio and California are also offering lotteries that have shown some success in boosting vaccination rates. California previously offered the largest single prize of $1.5 million from a total lottery pool of $116 million.

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