Gov. Cooper: Vaccinated North Carolinians have chance to win $1 million or a scholarship
RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) — North Carolinians who have received the COVID-19 vaccine will have a chance to win $1 million or a scholarship, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday.
“After seeing the benefit in other states, we believe this program will help get more North Carolinians vaccinated, making our state a safer place for everyone,” Cooper said in a news conference Thursday.
According to Cooper, over the next three months, four people who have received a vaccine in North Carolina will win $1 million each.
North Carolinians who are 18 and older who get vaccinated or have already been vaccinated automatically will be entered.
People ages 12-17 who have gotten at least one shot automatically are entered into four drawings for a $125,000 scholarship for a college of their choice.
The first drawing will be held on June 23. Drawings will be held every other week before ending on Aug. 4. The drawings will take place every other Wednesday.
Those getting their first shot from today going forward will be entered twice for each drawing.
“Regardless of who wins, there’s no way to lose,” Cooper said. “A chance at a million dollars or a college scholarship is pretty good motivation. But even if your name isn’t drawn, the worst you’ll do is get strong protection from a deadly virus.”
Cooper and state health officials are hoping the lottery drawings will entice the approximately 2.5 million North Carolinians who are eligible for a vaccine but have not yet gotten one. According to Thursday data from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, 54 percent of adults have been given at least one dose while 50 percent are fully vaccinated.
“Getting this life-saving vaccine to those people is critical for the health of our state and the health of our economy,” Cooper said.
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