Raleigh, North Carolina – To increase the number of North Carolina vaccinated against coronavirus, Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday that the state will provide four $ 1 million in prizes this summer to each adult who receives the vaccine.
Your $ 1 million shot in the summer draws from June 23 to August 4. A $ 1 million prize draw will be held every second Wednesday during this period, and anyone who has received at least one dose of the vaccine since last December is automatically liable. People vaccinated on or after Thursday will have two chances for each prize.
The state will also hold four drawings for $ 1
“No matter who wins, there is no way we can lose,” Cooper told a news conference. “Even if your name isn’t painted, the worst thing you’ll do is get strong protection against a deadly virus.”
North Carolina overtook the national vaccination rate early, but lagged behind in recent weeks. As of Thursday, 54 percent of adults in the state had received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to nearly 64 percent nationwide, according to the State Department of Health and Human Services.
Cooper said about 2.5 million adults nationwide have not yet been vaccinated, so government officials are “pulling out all the stops” to get more shots fired at more weapons.
“Vaccines are the key to victory against this virus,” he said. “Providing this life-saving vaccine to these people is crucial to the health of our people and the health of our economy.”
The chances of winning one of the $ 1 million prizes are much better than playing PowerBall or MegaMillions.
Someone’s chance of winning the MegaMillions jackpot is about one in 302 million, and for a PowerBall jackpot it is about one in 292 million. The odds of winning a Cash 5 draw in the North Carolina Education Lottery are one in 962,598.
For each of the vaccination prizes, the chances are about one in 1.1 million, although those chances will increase a little longer as more adults are vaccinated. For teenagers, the chances of winning one of the scholarships in college are one in 41,421.
Withdrawals are modeled after similar “lotteries” in other states. In Ohio, for example, vaccinations jumped 28 percent in two weeks when the state offered $ 1 million in vaccination bonuses, said Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of DHHS.
North Carolina also plans to expand a program that recently launched in four counties, offering $ 25 cash cards to people for vaccinations or driving people to clinics to take pictures, Cooper said.
“Whatever motivates people, we want to do what works,” he said, adding that the state uses federal funds to alleviate the pandemic to pay for the incentives. “This is important not only for this person and for this family, but for our whole country.”
Nearly 550 people remain hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state, and 16 more virus-related deaths were reported on Thursday. More than 1 million people across the country have been infected with the virus since the pandemic began 15 months ago.
Cooper and Cohen said the state has a lot of vaccines available if demand jumps in the coming days due to cash withdrawals. The state has not ordered new doses from the federal government in the past two weeks due to low demand.
“I’m not worried about increasing the number. In fact, we welcome that,” Cohen said. “We really want people to come in to get the vaccine as soon as possible. We want them to be protected and included in this drawing.”