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Illinois to offer prizes up to $7 million in cash, $3 million in scholarships in lottery for vaccinated residents
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Illinois to offer prizes up to $7 million in cash, $3 million in scholarships in lottery for vaccinated residents

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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. 

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.

West Virginia’s Vaccination Lottery Program To Include Guns, Trucks and Cash. West Virginia’s Vaccination Lottery Program To Include Guns, Trucks and Cash. West Virginia’s Vaccination Lottery Program To Include Guns, Trucks and Cash. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice made the announcement on June 1. We're going to do this program from June 20 until August 4, Gov. Jim Justice, via statement. We're going to start with the giveaways on Father's Day, Gov. Jim Justice, via statement. The state's first $1 million prize drawing will take place on Father's Day. Also up for grabs are two new custom trucks, five lifetime hunting and fishing licenses. five custom hunting rifles, five custom hunting shotguns and 25 weekend getaways to state parks. Additionally, Gov. Justice said, "We're going to give away two full, four-year scholarships to kids that are age-eligible from 12 to 25.". To be entered to win, residents must have had at least their first COVID-19 shot. Several other states and businesses have also established incentive programs in an attempt to persuade more people to get vaccinated

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.

More details are available at allin.illinois.gov.

Pritzker made the announcement at Access Community Health Network’s Center for Discovery and Learning in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.


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