The grand prize in New York will be $5 million.
Two other states, New York and Maryland have announced the launch of a lottery with cash prizes for those vaccinated against the coronavirus, CNN reported on Friday. They followed the example of Ohio, whose authorities declared the effectiveness of such incentives.
“If you were still in doubt whether to get vaccinated; now you have an additional incentive. The odds of winning anything are 1 in 9. Everyone benefits from such a measure,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference on Thursday.
The grand prize in New York will be $5 million. Smaller amounts will also be drawn – from $20 to $50 thousand. Adult residents of the state can take part in the promotion. To do this, you need to be vaccinated in state vaccination centers from 24 to 28 May. According to the governor, the number of vaccinations made per day in the state has been declining recently, and the authorities “have to be creative” to support the campaign. The average number of vaccinated per day in the state over the past two weeks has decreased by 43% compared to mid-April.
In Maryland, a total of $2 million will be drawn. Starting from May 25, $40,000 will be drawn daily for 40 days. The recipient of the main prize of $400 thousand will be determined on July 4.
According to the authorities, in the state of New York, 63% of adult residents are vaccinated with at least one dose, in Maryland – 67%. The national average is 60.5%. On May 12, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that the state would hold a lottery among adult residents who have been vaccinated with at least one component of the coronavirus vaccine. There will be five weekly sweepstakes with a prize of $1 million. For teenagers aged 12 to 17 years, another lottery will be held on similar terms, according to the results of which five students will be fully paid by the authorities of Ohio to study at one of the state universities. According to Devine, thanks to this action, the state authorities managed to overcome the downward trend in the number of people who want to get vaccinated. The number of people vaccinated in Ohio between the ages of 30 and 74 increased by 6% last week.