Illinois will offer $7 million in cash prizes and $3 million in scholarships through a new lottery open to all residents who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday.
The money, approved as part of the $42 billion state spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1, will be given out through weekly drawings beginning July 8. Participants in the initial drawing will be required to have a shot by July 1.
Residents don’t have to enter to win - the drawing will be taken from the state vaccination database. Prizes will range from $100,000 to $1 million, and kids can win a Bright Start college savings plan worth $150,000.
Anyone who has been received at least one dose of a vaccination is automatically eligible, Pritzker said.
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Healthcare workers (seated) Karyn Lyons, left, and Linda Hempfling, draw up doses of the COVID-19 vaccine while Gov J.B. Pritzker speaks with Mark Pfister, right, the Lake County Health Department's executive director, and other politicians at the drive-thru vaccination location set up inside of the Lake County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Grayslake.