New York and Maryland Launch Lotteries for Vaccinated Residents

New York and Maryland both announced on Thursday the launching of lotteries for their vaccinated residents. The two states are joining Ohio, which announced last week that vaccinated residents may enter the lottery with millions in prizes, and the incentive program was proven to boost the vaccination rates.

“The Vax-a-Million campaign has helped drive an increase in vaccination rates among Ohioans 16 and older by more than 28%” since it was announced on May 13, the Ohio Health Department said in a release.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news briefing Thursday that residents who will get vaccinated next week from Monday to Friday will be given a lottery ticket, giving them a chance to win as much as $5 million in prizes.

“So today, we announced a plan where you could win up to $5 million if you get vaccinated next week. Vax and Scratch. How do you like that?” the Governor said.

“The number of vaccinations is slowing, and they are slowing dramatically. After everyone who was eager to be vaccinated has been immunized, now we’re getting to a percentage of the population that not only is not eager, but a percentage of the population that is probably going to require an incentive for them to go forward and take the vaccine,” Cuomo said.


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According to the Governor, the lottery ticket is for the $5 million mega multiplier New York State Lottery, and there will be other prizes that go down to $20. The odds of winning something is one in nine.

In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Thursday that the Maryland Lottery will select a vaccinated Marylander randomly for a prize every day, for the next 40 days.

“So it’s a total of $2 million in prize money for a vaccinated Marylander,” Hogan said. “Entry is very simple — all you have to do is get vaccinated for Covid-19 here in Maryland, be a Maryland resident and be 18 or older. Anyone 18 and older who has already been vaccinated for Covid-19 in the state of Maryland, at any time, is also eligible for these prizes and will automatically be entered to win.”