New York offers $5 million lottery shot to newly vaccinated people
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that anyone who gets vaccinated in one of the 10 state vaccination sites next week will receive a free lottery scratch ticket for the chance to win a grand prize of $5 million.
Why it matters: Cuomo said New York has inoculated approximately 43% of its population, but that vaccination numbers are "slowing dramatically."
The state of play: The program, named "Vax & Scratch," will only run between May 24 and May 28 and it will offer prizes from $20 to $5 million.
- Cuomo said that those who participate have 1 in 9 chance of winning a cash prize.
What he's saying: "Everybody wins," Cuomo said. "You get the vaccine and you win."
The big picture: New York is now joining other states in offering lottery incentives to increase vaccination rates. Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) announced that the state would have a weekly drawing for five weeks for adults who have received at least one dose, where each week a winner will receive $1 million.
What to watch: Cuomo called the program a "pilot" and added that the state "will make decisions from there."