Illinois planning to hold lottery to encourage vaccinations

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In this April 7, 2021 photo, a senior receives the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Service Center, in Clarksdale, Miss. Medicare will require nursing homes to report COVID-19 vaccination rates for residents and staff, the government said Tuesday, in what officials hope will become an incentive to keep giving shots even as the worst ravages of the pandemic ease in facilities across the land.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois is about to join several states in offering a lottery for residents who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

The effort is meant to encourage more people to become vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The state budget, passed early Tuesday, allows Illinois to set aside $7 million for prizes and $3 million for scholarships for minors who get a shot.

The Illinois program could be similar to the “Vax-A-Million” lottery in Ohio, which offers five drawings for $1 million prizes.

To be eligible for Ohio’s program, participants must be residents of that state and be vaccinated.

It’s thought that Illinois program will operate in a similar manner.

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