Vaccine lottery catches on in other states

Two states are following in Ohio’s footsteps and offering cash prizes for residents who receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Yesterday, both New York and Maryland state officials announced their own versions of a vaccine lottery. The announcements came a week after Gov. Mike DeWine announced Ohio’s “Vax-A-Million” lottery drawing in a statewide address.

Like Ohio, both New York and Maryland announced plans to use cash prizes as incentives for residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state’s “Vax & Scratch” program Thursday. The program will offer prizes from $20 up to $5 million on lottery scratch ticket to anyone who gets vaccinated at select state-run vaccination sites.

Maryland’s “VaxCash” is detailed to give away $2 million dollars to vaccinated residents over the course of 40 days. Daily drawings will give away $40,000 each day, leading up to a $400,000 drawing on July 4.

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News Center 7′s Jim Otte reported even private donors were providing cash incentive for others to get vaccinated. An anonymous donor in Montana donated enough money to give $50 to each person in line at a vaccine clinic.

In Ohio, the Department of Health has seen an increase in vaccinations since the drawing’s announcement.

The first “Vax-A-Million” drawing is Monday, May 24.