ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — To be entered in the first lottery drawing to win between $100,00 and $1 million, today is the last day for Illinois residents to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
The first lottery drawing will take place on Thursday, July 8th. Residents who receive a vaccine after Wednesday will be entered in subsequent drawings.
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 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.