Vaccine Lotteries Come to 2 More States

New York and Maryland offer money in effort to bump up vaccination rates
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2021 1:30 AM CDT
Vaccine Lotteries Come to 2 More States
Paul Clasby, of Holliston, Mass., left, receives his second shot of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from paramedic Jake Lees, of North Attleborough, Mass., right, at a mass vaccination clinic, Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Newser) – Two more states are joining Ohio in offering a COVID-19 vaccine lottery. Starting Tuesday, a vaccinated Maryland adult will be randomly chosen by the Maryland Lottery to win $40,000, one per day for 40 days, CNN reports. Then, on July 4, a $400,000 jackpot will be awarded. In New York, residents who get vaccinated at eligible sites between Monday and Friday next week will receive free scratch-off lottery tickets for the state's Mega Multiplier Lottery, which offers prizes of up to $5 million, the Hill reports.

In Ohio, the first state to announce a vaccine lottery, vaccination rates for those 16 and older increased 28% after the lottery was announced. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in announcing what he calls the state's "Vax and Scratch" program, decried the decreasing vaccination rates in his state. There will be other prizes from the New York State Lottery, ranging from $50,000 down to $20, and Cuomo said there will be a 1 in 9 chance of winning something. Maryland's program, called VaxCash, is open to anyone who's gotten, or gets, at least one shot, the Baltimore Sun reports. (Read more coronavirus vaccine stories.)

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