SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois will join several states in offering a lottery for residents who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced the “All in For the Win” vaccine lottery program on Thursday, which will award $7 million in cash prizes to residents over 18, and $3 million in scholarships to those 12 to 17.
Residents who received a vaccine dose within Illinois will be automatically registered to win. Once entered, residents remain eligible in all future drawings, unless they win.
Starting July 8th and throughout the summer, the Illinois State Lottery will make drawings of $100,000 to $1 million for those over 18, and Bright Start College Savings Plan awards for those under 18.
Pritzker said there will be statewide drawings, as well as drawings specific to each of Illinois’ regions. The first drawing will take place on Thursday, July 8, 2021, and the promotion will run until Thursday, August 26, 2021, with a series of drawings for 43 cash prizes. The final drawing will take place August 26th.
The effort is meant to encourage more people to become vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The state budget allowed Illinois to set aside $7 million for prizes and $3 million for scholarships for minors who get a shot.
More than 70% of Illinois adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the CDC, making Illinois the first state in the Midwest to reach President Biden’s goal.
“All In For The Win is yet another way we’re working to ensure every single resident is protected from COVID-19, and especially, this virus’ more dangerous variants,” said Pritzker. “Vaccines are incredibly effective and keep you protected – and they also make your community safer. Getting the shot is how we truly end this thing, so vax up, Illinois. If you do, you might even hit the jackpot.”